Child Tax Credit Calculator for 2021, 2022
The child tax credit is a credit that can reduce your Federal tax bill by up to $3,600 for every qualifying child.
The child tax credit calculator will show you exactly how much you can claim this year. It’s combined with a dependent’s calculator, so you can also add other dependents in your household.
Just answer a few basic questions, and you’ll find out how much you can potentially claim in a matter of minutes.
What is the Child Tax Credit?
The child tax credit is one of the most valuable tax credits for families with children under the age of 17.
The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) dramatically increased the income limits, so now, most families in America with qualifying children will have the chance to claim this credit.
The tax credit is not a deduction, so if you claim the full $3,600 and you owe $4,600 in Federal taxes, you’ll now only owe $1,000 to the Federal government.
Is this Tax Credit Refundable?
Before the overhaul of the tax haul in December 2017, the tax credit was non-refundable, meaning that if you don’t owe anything to the IRS, you won’t get to benefit from this credit.
However, the child tax credit is now refundable up to a maximum amount of $1,400. So, in theory, you can get $1,400 back from the IRS.
Is Your Child Eligible for the Tax Credit?
There are six main tests that your child must pass to qualify for the tax credit. Here’s an overview:
- At the end of the tax year, your child must be under the age of 17.
- The child must be a direct descendent of you, which goes all the way to grandchildren and adopted children.
- More than half of their financial support must come from you, the taxpayer.
- You must claim your child as a dependent. Each child can only be claimed as a dependent on a single tax return.
- The child must be a US citizen or a US resident alien.
- Finally, they must have lived with you for more than half the tax year.
It’s all quite simple, but if you’re divorced, you may need to examine your affairs more closely and coordinate with the other parent who will claim the child as a dependent.
See How Much the Child Tax Credit Calculator Says You Can Get Back
If the calculator says you qualify, it’s a good idea to claim the child tax credit because it’s one of the most valuable tax credits available to families. Use the child tax credit calculator to find out how much you could be owed today.
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