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The 2021 Child Tax Credit: Three Steps to Getting Your Advance Payments

September 2021 

Most eligible families will automatically receive monthly payments. For everyone else, here are three steps to getting your payments.

The IRS is spreading the word about the 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit payments, which could be up to $1,800 per qualifying child. These payments are made automatically to taxpayers who qualified on their 2020 tax returns — if you’re not required to file a tax return, you can still qualify. 

What are Advance Child Tax Credit payments?

Early payments of 50% of the estimated amount of the child tax credit that you would normally claim on your 2021 tax return.

If I am not required to file a tax return, can I still apply?

Yes, the IRS has developed a tool that can help families who are not required to file tax returns to get the Advanced Child Tax Credit payments and also help get people to get missed Economic Impact Payments (EIP). This could amount to over $14,000 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children who may be struggling to make ends meet.

If you haven’t filed a tax return or registered with the IRS, now is the time to take action. If you’re not sure you qualify, the IRS has a three-step process that can help. Each step has a free online tool available only on 

Step 1: See if you qualify using the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant 

Step 2: Register with the IRS using the Non-filer Sign-up Tool

Step 3: Monitor payments and update your info using the Child Tax Credit Update Portal

For more information about what Advance Child Tax Credit payments are, check out the video below or visit the IRS website.

What Are Advance Child Tax Credit Payments