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June 25, 2021

TAS Tax Tips: Does the IRS have your information on file? If not, see if you should use the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool

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Important changes to the Child Tax Credit will help many families get advance payments of the credit starting this summer. The IRS will pay up to half the total credit amount in advance monthly payments beginning July 15. You will claim the other half when you file your 2021 income tax return.

But does the IRS have your information on file to determine if you qualify and should be sent these advanced payments? If not, see if you should use the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool today.

After giving the IRS your information and the IRS determines you’re eligible, you do not need to do anything to receive the advance payments.

Who should use the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool?

Use this tool to report your qualifying children born before 2021, if you:

  • Are not required to file a 2020 tax return, didn’t file one and don’t plan to; and
  • Have a main home in the United States for more than half of the year.

Also, if you did not get the full amounts of the first and second Economic Impact Payment, you may use this tool if you:

Do not use this tool if you:

  • Filed or plan to file a 2020 tax return; or
  • Claimed all your dependents on a 2019 tax return, including by reporting their information in 2020 using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool; or
  • Were married at the end of 2020 unless you use the tool with your spouse and include your spouse’s information; or
  • Are a resident of a U.S. territory; or
  • Do not have a main home in the United States for more than half the year and, if you are married, your spouse does not have a main home in the United States for more than half the year; or
  • Do not have a qualifying child who was born before 2021 and had a Social Security number issued before May 17, 2021.

More information

For more information visit Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 or TAS’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tax Relief page (Other Individual COVID-19 Related Credits and Deductions section).

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