Do I Qualify for the Child Tax Credit?
The Child Tax Credit is a credit intended to help offset the tremendous costs of raising a child or children. If you qualify, the Child Tax Credit can be worth up to $1,000 per child. In most cases, a tax credit is even better than a tax deduction. A credit will directly reduce your tax bill dollar-for-dollar, but a deduction will only reduce your taxable income.
How Do I Know That I Qualify for the Child Tax Credit?
Our KIDucator tax educator tool below will help you find out if your child or dependent qualifies you to claim the Child Tax Credit on your tax return. Just answer the "Yes" and "No" questions until the KIDucator provides you with the answer you seek!
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Was the child 16 or younger on December 31 of the Tax Year?
Is the child a United States citizen, a U.S. national, or a resident alien?
Are you claiming the child as a dependent on your tax return?
Is the child related to you in any of the following ways?
Did the child live with you for more than half the tax year (183 nights or more, not counting temporary absences)?
Did the child provide more than half of his or her own financial support for the tax year?
Yes. According to your answers, it looks like you qualify for the Child Tax Credit! Start a tax return on efile.com to find out how much your credit will be!
Can I Receive Any of My Child Tax Credit as a Refund?
If your taxes owed are reduced to $0 and you still have some Child Tax Credit left over, you may be able to receive some or all of it as a tax refund. This is called the Additional Child Tax Credit. The Additional Child Tax Credit is important to low-income families and has helped lift an estimated 1.6 million Americans out of poverty since 2010.
What Are the Qualifications of the Child Tax Credit?
You can claim the Child Tax Credit if your income is not too high (see the income limitations for the Child Tax Credit), and if you have a child or children who qualify you. Use the KIDucator above to find out if your child qualifies you to claim the credit. Our KIDucator is a multi-year tool so you can use it for previous years' tax returns as well!
See all of the requirements for the Child Tax Credit.
How Do I Claim the Child Tax Credit on My Tax Return?
It is a cinch to claim the Child Tax Credit (and the Additional Child Tax Credit) when you prepare your tax return on efile.com! We will automatically determine if you qualify for the Child Tax Credit based on the information you enter. If you do qualify to claim the credit, we will then calculate the amount of your credit and will fill out the correct forms for you to get your maximum credit.
Once you have determined if you can claim the Child Tax Credit, use the FREE Tax Calculator, or "TaxStimator", to calculate and estimate your tax refund (or taxes owed) for the current tax year. Or you can just start a free efile.com account and start preparing your tax return!
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