Qualifying for Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
To qualify for advance child tax credit payments, you (and your spouse, if you filed a joint return) must have:
- filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return and claimed the child tax credit; or
- provided your information to the IRS in 2020 to receive the Economic Impact Payment; and
- a main home in the U.S. for more than half the year or file a joint return with a spouse who has a main home in the U.S. for more than half the year; and
- a qualifying child who is under age 18 at the end of 2021 and who has a valid Social Security number; and
- made less than certain income limits.
Advance Monthly Payments
If you are not required to file a 2020 tax return, didn’t file one and don’t plan to; and had a main home in the United States for more than half of the year, the IRS has a tool you can use to sign up for advance payments.
If you did not get the full amounts of the first and second Economic Impact Payment, you may use this tool if you are not required to file a 2020 tax return, didn’t file and don’t plan to, and want to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and get your third Economic Impact Payment.
Do not use this tool if you:
- Filed or plan to file a 2020 tax return; or
- Claimed all your dependents on a 2019 tax return, including by reporting their information in 2020 using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool; or
- Were married at the end of 2020 unless you use the tool with your spouse and include your spouse’s information; or
- Are a resident of a U.S. territory; or
- Do not have a main home in the United States for more than half the year and, if you are married, your spouse does not have a main home in the United States for more than half the year; or
- Do not have a qualifying child who was born before 2021 and had a Social Security number issued before May 17, 2021.
Advance Payments May Not Be Beneficial For Everyone
For more information, please visit the IRS Advance Child Tax Credit Payments page.