The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever – and as of July 15th, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. The Child Tax Credit will help all families succeed.

The American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six, and raised the age limit from 16 to 17. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household).


Major tax relief for nearly
all working families:

$3,000 to $3,600 per child for nearly all working families

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest child tax credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever.

Automatic monthly payments for nearly all working families

If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action.

President Biden’s American Families Plan calls for extending this tax relief for years and years

The new Child Tax Credit enacted in the American Rescue Plan is only for 2021. That is why President Biden strongly believes that we should extend the new Child Tax Credit for years and years to come. That’s what he proposes in his American Families Plan.

Easy sign up for low-income families to reduce child poverty

If you didn’t make enough to be required to file taxes in 2020 or 2019, you can still get benefits.

Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief – including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes.


See how the Child Tax Credit works for families like yours:

  • Jamie

    • Occupation: Teacher
    • Income: $55,000
    • Filing Status: Head of Household (Single Parent)
    • Dependents: 3 children over age 6

    Jamie

    Jamie filed a tax return this year claiming 3 children and will receive part of her payment now to help her pay for the expenses of raising her kids. She’ll receive the rest next spring.

    • Total Child Tax Credit: increased to $9,000 from $6,000 thanks to the American Rescue Plan ($3,000 for each child over age 6).
    • Receives $4,500 in 6 monthly installments of $750 between July and December.
    • Receives $4,500 after filing tax return next year.
  • Sam & Lee

    • Occupation: Bus Driver and Electrician
    • Income: $100,000
    • Filing Status: Married
    • Dependents: 2 children under age 6

    Sam & Lee

    Sam & Lee filed a tax return this year claiming 2 children and will receive part of their payment now to help her pay for the expenses of raising their kids. They’ll receive the rest next spring.

    • Total Child Tax Credit: increased to $7,200 from $4,000 thanks to the American Rescue Plan ($3,600 for each child under age 6). 
    • Receives $3,600 in 6 monthly installments of $600 between July and December.
    • Receives $3,600 after filing tax return next year.
  • Alex & Casey

    • Occupation: Lawyer and Hospital Administrator
    • Income: $350,000
    • Filing Status: Married
    • Dependents: 2 children over age 6

    Alex & Casey

    Alex & Casey filed a tax return this year claiming 2 children and will receive part of their payment now to help them pay for the expenses of raising their kids. They’ll receive the rest next spring.

    • Total Child Tax Credit: $4,000. Their credit did not increase because their income is too high ($2,000 for each child over age 6). 
    • Receives $2,000 in 6 monthly installments of $333 between July and December.
    • Receives $2,000 after filing tax return next year.
  • Tim & Theresa

    • Occupation: Home Health Aide and part-time Grocery Clerk
    • Income: $24,000
    • Filing Status: Do not file taxes; their income means they are not required to file
    • Dependents: 1 child under age 6

    Tim & Theresa

    Tim and Theresa chose not to file a tax return as their income did not require them to do so. To get their child tax credit, they must use the IRS Non-filers Sign-Up Tool. They will claim 1 child and will receive part of their payment now to help them pay for the expenses of raising their child. They’ll receive the rest next spring when they file taxes .

    • Total Child Tax Credit: increased to $3,600 from $1,400 thanks to the American Rescue Plan ($3,600 for their child under age 6).
    • Receives $1,800 in 6 monthly installments of $300 between July and December.
    • Receives $1,800 next spring when they file taxes. 
    • Automatically enrolled for a third-round stimulus check of $4,200, and up to $4,700 by claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit.

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Child Tax Credit:

    Overview

    Who is eligible for the Child Tax Credit?

    Getting your payments

    What if I didn’t file taxes last year or the year before?

    Will this affect other benefits I receive?

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    For more information, visit the IRS page on Child Tax Credit.

    Download the Child Tax Credit explainer (PDF).

    ZIP Code-level data on eligible non-filers is available from the Department of Treasury: PDF | XLSX

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