The 2021 child tax credit rules are a mess. This is how much money you will get

The 2021 child tax credit rules are a mess.  This is how much money you will get

The calculation for how much money you’ll get from the child tax credit is a confusing jumble of variables that includes how many qualified children you have and their ages, with different amounts going to different child age groups. Your annual income, or AGI, also plays a big role, with a phaseout potentially shrinking the size of your check. In addition, your CTC payment will be split into several deliveries in 2021 and 2022.  The IRS continues to send out new batches of stimulus checks weekly for up to $1,400 each, bringing more money to families with dependents (what to know about plus-up payments). But the stimulus law from March also includes additional ways for households to get or keep more money, including savings for health care like cheaper insurance, extra unemployment checks and a redefined child tax credit for 2021. This last one alone is expected to bring qualified families more than the stimulus checks, with CTC payments going out in 2021 and into 2022.

Our child tax credit calculator can help make sense of the confusion and tell you how much money to expect in total. We’ll also explain what happens if your child reaches one of the age cutoffs between 2021 and 2022. Here’s what parents sharing custody should know. While you’re here, here are nine unusual stimulus check facts, and what we know about a fourth stimulus check and student loan forgiveness. This story was recently updated. This calculator does not store your data. The results are based on our current knowledge of the law and should be treated as broad estimates only. Consult a financial planner for a more personalized estimate. The IRS will determine the final amount. 

If your adjusted gross income, or AGI, is equal to or less than $75,000 as a single filer, $112,500 as a head of household or $150,000 filing jointly, you’ll receive the full amount. If your income is higher, your CTC payments will begin to phase out by $50 for every $1,000 of income over the threshold, according to Joanna Powell, managing director and certified financial planner at CBIZ. Child tax credit calculator for 2021

Under the American Rescue Plan legislation, child tax credit payments for 2021 allot up to $3,600 per child aged 5 and under, and $3,000 for kids between the ages of 6 and 17. You can get a $500 total payment for dependents who are 18 and for full-time college students between 19 and 24 years old. Calculate the total payment you could get from the new child tax credit in 2021 and 2022

1. Choose your filing status below. Use details from your 2019 or 2020 tax return.

Taxes: You need to file your 2020 taxes to get the credit if you’re a nonfiler. The IRS will automatically make the payments for those who have their taxes filed by the May 17 tax due date, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said. So if you don’t have your tax return submitted by this time, the IRS won’t know to send you a payment. Also, if you plan to file a tax extension, you’ll likely be able to use the IRS portal, where you can update your information in case you’ve gained dependents since the last tax filing. If the CTC payments you receive starting this summer don’t match the estimate, there could be several reasons why. SingleMarriedHead of HouseholdWhat if your CTC payments don’t match the above estimate?

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