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How do I get child tax credit?

How do I receive the child tax credit?


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How do I get child tax credit?

The child tax credit is a $2,000 (just for 2021 it is $3,600 for a child 5 years or younger and $3,000 for children between the ages of 6 and 17.) tax credit for each qualifying dependent child claimed on your return.

To qualify, your child must meet all of these requirements:

  • Be under age 17 at the end of the tax year
  • Is your child, stepchild, foster child, adopted child, sibling, step sibling, half sibling, or a descendant of any of them (for example, a grandchild, niece, or nephew)
  • Has their own Social Security Number
  • Lived with you for more than half the year
  • Didn't support themselves (didn't pay more than half their own expenses)
  • Is a US citizen, US national, or US resident alien
    • Residents of Canada or Mexico don't qualify

What is the Child Tax Credit? 

Child Tax Credit 

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How do I get child tax credit?

You have to file a 2021 federal tax return with children under the age of 18 as your dependents.

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