2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments Frequently Asked Questions
- Feb 2, 2022
These updated FAQs were released to the public in Fact Sheet 2022-07 PDF, February 1, 2022.
There have been important changes to the Child Tax Credit that will help many families receive advance payments. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for tax year 2021 only.
Below are frequently asked questions about the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021, separated by topic.
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Topic A: General Information
Topic B: Eligibility for Advance Child Tax Credit Payments and the 2021 Child Tax Credit
Topic C: Calculation of the 2021 Child Tax Credit
Topic D: Calculation of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
Topic E: Advance Payment Process of the Child Tax Credit
Topic F: Updating Your Child Tax Credit Information During 2021
Topic G: Receiving Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
Topic H: Reconciling Your Advance Child Tax Credit Payments on Your 2021 Tax Return
Topic I: U.S. Territory Residents and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
Topic J: Unenrolling from Advance Payments
Topic K: Verifying Your Identity to View your Payments
Topic L: Commonly Asked Shared-Custody Questions
Topic M: Commonly Asked Immigration-Related Questions
Topic N: Returning a Payment
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