Please check out the new Child Tax Credit website for information on the expanded child tax credit. Even if a family did not earn enough to be required to file taxes, they are eligible for the CTC and potentially thousands of additional dollars in benefits.
Many families received about half of their CTC in monthly payments in 2021. Families will get the rest of the CTC they are owed by filing taxes this year. Families who did not receive monthly CTC payments will receive the full credit amount when they file tax returns.
Filing taxes will mean many families who are eligible for CTC will also get thousands of dollars in additional tax relief through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This year, for the first time, the EITC can be worth up to $1,500 for some workers without kids at home — nearly triple the credit in 2020 because of changes made by the American Rescue Plan.
Receiving the CTC and/or the EITC will have no impact on anyone’s eligibility for, or lower the amount of, other Federal benefits.
Linked here is a CTC Tool Kit with some materials to get you started.