Do I Qualify for the Child Tax Credit?
Important: Starting with Tax Year 2018 (Jan. - Dec. 2018), the Child Tax Credit requirements are changing due to Tax Reform. Our KIDucator tax tool is currently for Tax Year 2017, but you may use it now to get an idea of your 2018 Taxes. We will update the tool and this page as the IRS finalizes the 2018 Child Tax Credit requirements. Tax Reform and you? Let efile.com help you and become eligible to Tax Win. Find out now.
The Child Tax Credit is intended to help offset the tremendous costs of raising a child or children. If you qualify, the credit can be worth up to $2,000 per child for Tax Year 2018-2025.
In most cases, a tax credit is better than a tax deduction. A credit directly reduces your tax bill dollar-for-dollar, but a deduction only reduces 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 an answer!
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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 by claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit. Be aware that for Tax Years 2018-2025, the maximum refundable portion of the credit is $1,400 (equal to 15% of earned income above $2,500). Therefore, if you tax is $0 and your total earned income is more than $2,500, you cannot claim the refundable part of the credit.
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's easy 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 credit based on the information you enter on our site. If you 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. Then, start a free efile.com account and start preparing your tax return!
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