Child Tax Credit Key Messages

These are the key messages for the filing season. The messages center on reaching those who are eligible for the Child Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit

Did you have foreign earned income?  See the rules PDF that apply to individuals who choose to exclude foreign earned income

Have a child under 17? Check to see if you are eligible to claim the child tax credit

Does your child or children qualify you to claim child tax credit? Find out by visiting

Learn the rules for claiming child tax credit for children who are adopted, have ITINs, or qualifying child for more than one person.

Eligible to claim the child tax credit?  You must complete and include Schedule 8812 with your tax return.

Qualify for EITC? You may also qualify for child tax credit and other tax breaks. Learn more about child-related tax benefits


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PATH ACT Key Messages


Beginning this year, a new law requires the IRS to hold your EITC/ACTC refund until February 15. The IRS must hold the entire refund not just the credit portion. But don’t wait, file your tax return when you have all the documents.


The IRS will begin releasing EITC and additional child tax credit (ACTC) refunds starting February 15. But, the IRS cautions you may not have the refund deposited into your account or on your debit card until the week of February 27. Read more about refund timing for early EITC and ACTC filers here.


Need to track the status of your refund if you claimed EITC or additional child tax credit (ACTC)? Where’s My Refund? on or the IRS2Go mobile app are the best ways to track it. Expect updates on your refund a day or two after February 15.

Crédito Tributario por Hijos y el Crédito tributario por hijo adicional

¿Devengaron una parte de sus ingresos en el extranjero? Vea las reglas que apliquen a las personas que eligen excluir sus ingresos devengados en el extranjero.

 ¿Tiene un hijo menor de 17 años? Averigüe si reúne los requisitos para reclamar el Crédito Tributario por Hijos.

 ¿Le da derecho su hijo o hijos para reclamar el Crédito Tributario por hijos? Averígüelo en

Infórmese de las reglas para reclamar el Crédito Tributario por Hijos, por los hijos adoptados, los que tienen ITIN, o los que son los hijos calificados de más de una persona.

 ¿Reúne los requisitos para reclamar el Crédito Tributario por hijos?  Debe completar el Anexo 8812 y adjuntarlo a su declaración de impuestos.

¿Reúne los requisitos para reclamar el EITC? Puede que también tenga derecho al Crédito tributario por hijos y otras reducciones del impuesto. Infórmese más en


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