Is The Child Tax Credit & 8812 The Same? It Shows They Wont Be Ready Until The 10th For Child Tax & 17th For 8812?

I'm confused as to why these are not ready(child tax credit and 8812) they seem like the same thing? can some one explain the difference between the two and why ones to not ready until later, basically it don't matter if ones ready earlier because we still gotta wait for the last one to file, this happens every year, get delayed, last year there was issues and they delayed the return time by like 2 extra weeks! it gets exciting knowing all the hard work and lending the govt our money and we get to see the return but then there's hold ups. 
    One is the Child Tax Credit and the other is the Additional Child Tax Credit. They have different legal requirements.  Many of the forms aren't ready yet because Congress just passed a tax law bill five days ago. The IRS isn't accepting returns until Jan. 22 anyway
    • Would one person have both on their taxes? I show that I have to wait for both, why would that be?
    • Yes, a person could qualify for both the CTC and the ACTC.  This can occur when your CTC exceeds your tax liability and you have at least $3,000 in earned income.
    I tried to file and it is being held up too! It is what it is. At least we know it is coming.
    • yes, it says the 10th so hopefully were good thenand can get the ball rolling,
    They are related but not the same.  The IRS is changing Form 8812 to a Schedule 8812 and this needs more time for them to get it ready.
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