The revised child tax credit rules are a confusion of numbers. This is how much money you will get

The revised child tax credit rules are a confusion of numbers.  This is how much money you will get

Then there’s the child tax credit payment schedule, which still isn’t completely decided, and which could bring you monthly payments from the IRS and Treasury. Or maybe just a few payments. And you won’t get half the money until next year. See what we mean? Confusing. If you thought figuring out the total from your third stimulus check was hard (and new plus-up payments only add to the confusion), that’s nothing compared with the twists and turns of the revised child tax credit. For parents, this credit could bring you $3,000 per child, or $3,600 — or maybe $500. Unless you get less based on the income limits of qualified parents. You might also get nothing at all, if your child doesn’t meet all the requirements, or depending how your split custody shakes out.

Our child tax credit calculator makes quick work of all the variables and can 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. While you’re here, here are nine unusual stimulus check facts, and what we know about a fourth stimulus check and student loan forgiveness. You might also want to know about other tax credits, extra unemployment checks and savings for health care like cheaper insurance from the stimulus law, to go along with the stimulus checks. This story has been 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 (the IRS will determine the final amount). We suggest you consult a financial planner for a more personalized estimate.  

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 child tax credit payments will begin to phase out by $50 for every $1,000 of income over the threshold. Child tax credit calculator for 2021

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 your total 2021 child tax credit payment

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 child tax credit payments you receive starting this summer don’t match the estimate, there could be several reasons why. SingleMarriedHead of HouseholdWhat if your child tax credit payments don’t match the estimate?

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