Do I qualify for the Child Tax Credit (CTC)?

Most families with children under 18 qualify for the Child Tax Credit (CTC). To qualify for CTC:

  • To receive the full amount of money, you must earn less than $75,000 as a single parent, or $150,000 as a married couple. If you earn less than $240,000 as a parent, or $440,000 as a married couple, you can still receive some CTC.
  • You must have lived in the United States for more than six months in 2021. (If not, you might be eligible for a smaller CTC.)
  • The child you are claiming must be your child, your grandchild, your sibling, your niece/nephew or your great-niece/nephew. Foster relatives, step relatives, and half-relatives also qualify.
  • Your child needs a Social Security Number (SSN). You, the parent, need an SSN or an Individual TaxPayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • Your child must have been less than 18 at the end of 2021. (Born on or after January 1, 2004.)
  • Your child needs to have lived with you for at least six months in 2021.
  • Your child must not be financially independent, meaning they can not pay for more than half of their own living expenses.
  • You must be the person best situated to claim the child. Generally, parents can claim children before non-parents; parents who spend more time with the child can claim before parents who spend less; and non-parents who spend more time with the child can claim before non-parents who spend less.

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