How do I get my Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments?

To get the Child Tax Credit (CTC) you have to file a tax return.

To file a tax return for just the CTC and third stimulus payment you can use GetCTC

To file a full tax return to claim the CTC and all other tax benefits you are eligible for you can use GetYourRefund

Whether or not you received monthly CTC payments last year, and whether or not you filed taxes in the last few years or at all, filing a tax return this year is the right next step to get your CTC payments.

If you received advance monthly payments in 2021 then you can file a tax return to get the rest of your payments (generally, $1,800 per younger child and $1,500 per older child). If you did not receive monthly payments in 2021 then you can file a tax return to get your total CTC payments (generally, $3,600 per younger child and $3,000 per older child).

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