2021 Child Tax Credit

Resource Document

How to get your 2021 Child Tax Credit money even if you have no income!

Most people can get this money if:

  • You have a child in your home who was under 18 at the end of 2021
    • This includes foster children, grandchildren, and the children of other close relatives!
  • The child lived with you more than half the time in 2021 and you can claim them as a dependent on your taxes
  • The child has a Social Security number (even if you don’t have one!)
  • You do not need to have income to claim this credit!

How much can I get?

  • Up to $3,600 for every child under 6 years old
  • Up to $3,000 for every child between 6 and 17 years old
  • These amounts could be less if you earned too much money in 2021

What do I need to do?

You must file a 2021 tax return to get the money (even if you had no income in 2021)

You can prepare and file a return yourself using online guidance at IRS Free File.

What if I received advance child tax credit money last year?

  • The advance payments only provided up to half of the money
  • You should receive a letter (Letter No. 6419) from the IRS telling you how much advance money you got
  • You must file a 2021 return to get the rest!

Questions? Call Legal Aid at (202) 628-1161.