In 2021, the IRS sent advance Child Tax Credit payments of up to half the 2021 Child Tax Credit to eligible taxpayers. These payments cannot be claimed on your 2022 taxes.
In order to claim any missing payments, you must file a 2021 tax return or amend your taxes for the previous year.
Good news! Although the IRS has disabled the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, you can still can see your advance payments total in your online account.
This should let you double check the amount of payments you received with the amount of eligible children you included in your 2021 tax return.
You need to file a 2021 tax return. You can claim the full amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit if you’re eligible — even if you don’t normally file a tax return.
Since prior year tax returns can only be filed electronically by a registered tax preparer, you can use the IRS locator tool to find free tax prep sites near you.
Otherwise you will need to print, sign and mail your 2021 return.
You should have received IRS Notice 1444 for the first Economic Impact Payment, and we are mailing Notice 1444-B for the second Economic Impact Payment. Refer to them when completing your 2020 tax return. If eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit, you will use the information from these letters to determine the amounts to include on the Recovery Rebate Credit Worksheet or in your tax preparation software to help you calculate your credit amount.
If you qualified to receive the advance child tax credit payments, you must have submitted a 2019 or 2020 tax return or given your required information to the IRS.
If you have doubts on your eligibility to claim these payments for 2021, you should check your IRS online account and reconcile the payments with any money your received.
Need to double-check if you were eligible to receive these payments?
If you still have questions or would like to schedule an your free tax prep appointment, call 211 or visit our friends the Miami Tax Pros