The IRS is sending letters to more than 36 million families who may qualify for monthly payments under the federal Child Tax Credit. Under the expanded tax benefit, families may be eligible to receive up to $300 per child on a monthly basis from July 15 through December 15.
President Joe Biden'sexpanded the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 annually to as much as $3,600 per child. It also will send monthly payments to parents of children under 18, providing what one expert "a baby step toward universal basic income."
The IRS said it is sending letters to families who are eligible based on either their 2019 or 2020 federal income tax return, or if they provided information using the "non-filers tool" on the IRS.gov website last year to register for a stimulus payment and qualified based on that data. The IRS said it will receive a second letter that will estimate their monthly payment amount, which will begin hitting bank accounts on July 15.
How much parents can get
Most families won't need to take steps to ensure they receive the child tax credit, the IRS said. That's because the agency will base the payments on the tax information they already have on hand. For parents, the payments will amount to:
- $300 per month for each child under 6
- $250 per month for each child between the ages of 6 to 17
The payments will be issued by the IRS on July 15, August 13, September 15, October 15, November 15 and December 15.
The monthly checks will be provided for families whose adjusted gross income, or AGI, falls under certain income thresholds. The IRS said those cutoffs are:
- $75,000 or less for single taxpayers
- $112,500 or less for heads of household
- $150,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return and qualified widows and widowers
Modified AGI can be found on Line 11 of a taxpayer's 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR, the IRS said.