Child Tax Credit Find out how much you’ll get

Most families are eligible for monthly payments from the government with the latest Child Tax Credit rules.

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Common questions

Want to learn more about Child Tax Credit payments? We’ve answered some questions to help you get started.

  • Am I eligible for Child Tax Credit payments?

    Use the Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibity Assistant to check if you’re eligible. You’ll need your 2020 tax return, or your 2019 tax return if you haven't filed for 2020.

  • How do I enroll?

    If you filed your 2020 tax return, hang tight—there’s nothing you need to do. Payments will automatically be sent to you by the government.

  • When will I get the payments?

    Under the new rules for the child tax credit, payments are expected to arrive in two phases. The first half will arrive as monthly checks, from July 15 through December 15. The other half will be paid out when you file your 2021 tax return in 2022.

    If you qualified and filed a 2020 return by this year’s May 17 tax deadline, you should expect to receive monthly checks automatically. You can also opt out to receive more payments before the August 2 deadline. Check the Child Tax Credit Update Portal to visit and unenroll.

  • How do I get the payments?

    If the IRS has your banking information, you should expect to receive the payments via direct deposit.

    If you filed a tax return, you can update your payment information on file with the IRS using the official Child Tax Credit Update Portal. You can use your Cash App routing and account number to get your payments up to two days earlier than most banks.

  • Do I need income to get the payments?

    No. Even if you aren’t receiving any income, you can still receive payments if you’re eligible. Learn more about eligibility.