The “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Here” tool for claiming stimulus money, including the advance, increased Child Tax Credit for 2021, has been discontinued by the Internal Revenue Service. Even if you don’t regularly file tax returns, you may be able to claim the CTC, Economic Impact Payment, or Recovery Rebate Credit for free.
How to Claim the Full Child Tax Credit on Your 2021 Taxes
To claim the credits in 2020, you’ll need to file a 1040 or 1040-SR. If you are not obligated to submit taxes, you can use the IRS Free File service. When you file your Form 1040 for 2020, you’ll provide the IRS with the information they need to provide your full CTC and/or any additional pandemic-related tax credits you qualify for.
Individuals who do not satisfy the IRS’s minimum income limits can use the IRS Free File program to file their taxes for free. Visit the IRS Free File page and select an IRS Free File Offer if your adjusted gross income is $73,000 or less, including if you have no taxable income.
You can online file your taxes by completing a few basic questions. The guided tax preparation application will complete all of the arithmetic for you and direct you to an IRS partner site to file your return. You can sign up to receive your CTC and other tax credits via direct deposit or cheque when you file electronically through the Free File program.
The enhanced CTC is worth a total of $3,600 for children under the age of six, and $3,000 for children aged six to seventeen. If you received a portion of the credit as part of the advance CTC in 2021, you can claim the remaining amount this year by completing your 2020 tax forms for free.