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
- You may be able to claim the child tax credit if you have a qualifying child under the age of 17 and meet other qualifications.
- Dependents who can’t be claimed for the child tax credit may still qualify you for the credit for other dependents (ODC). The ODC is worth up to $500 per qualifying person. Find out more by reading Publication 972.
- Use the Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov to see if you’re eligible to claim the child tax credit or credit for other dependents.
- The child tax credit is worth up to $2,000 per qualifying child. Up to $1,400 per child can be refunded even if you aren’t required to file a tax return or you don’t owe any tax.
- Your qualifying child for the child tax credit must have a Social Security number that is valid for employment and issued before the due date of the tax return (including extensions).
- If your child doesn’t have a valid Social Security number for the child tax credit, your child may still qualify you for the credit for other dependents. This credit is up to $500 per qualifying person.