What is the Child Tax Credit (CTC)?

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a tax benefit that helps families with the costs of raising children. While the CTC has existed for over two decades, it was significantly expanded in 2021. This year, you can get up to $3,600 per child under six and $3,000 per child ages 6-17.

The credit is smaller for single parents earning over $75,000 and married couples earning over $150,000. Nearly every family under those income levels receives the full amount. You are eligible for the full CTC payments even if you earn very little or no money, and even if you don't usually file taxes.

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