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Updated April 2022
About the Child Tax Credit
Many families with children can receive a much higher child tax credit this year.
The child tax credit for 2021 is:
- $3,600 per child under age 6
$3,000 per child age 6-17
This amount will phase out for higher incomes (see below). Learn more at the federal government's new website about the child tax credit, childtaxcredit.gov.
How will families receive this?
You can receive half of your total credit as monthly payments between July–December 2021.
- These advance monthly payments will be up to $300 per child under age 6, and $250 per child age 6-17.
- There will be six monthly payments total, which are scheduled to be deposited on the 15th of each month.
- You can claim the other half in your 2021 tax return (which you’ll file in 2022).
What could this look like?
- Imagine a family with three kids: a newborn, a 2-year-old, and a 7-year-old.
- Their total child tax credit could be $10,200 (if their income is under the limit).
- This family could receive $850/month between July–December 2021. (This adds up to half of the total credit, or $5,100.)
- The family could then claim the remaining half, $5,100, on their tax return filed in 2022.
The credit will begin to phase out for:
- $75,000 for single filers
- $112,500 for head-of-household returns
- $150,000 for joint returns
What’s different this year? The American Rescue Plan changes major aspects of the child tax credit for 2021:
- The credit amount is higher (up from $2,000).
- 17-year-old children are included.
- The credit is fully “refundable,” ensuring that even the lowest income families can receive the full credit.
- Eligible families can receive half of the credit as advance payments, unless you opt out.
“These changes are estimated to help over 300,000 children in Hawai‘i who currently don’t qualify for the full tax credit,” according to Senator Brian Schatz.
Free training: Help parents file taxes for free and get cash benefits
This training by Code For America on March 23, 2022 was specially organized for Hawaiʻi organizations.
Flyer: GetYourRefund FAQs (PDF)
Flyer: Had a baby in 2020 or 2021? (PDF)
- To get the Child Tax Credit you will need to provide the Social Security Numbers of your children, and you'll need a SSN or ITIN. You can claim the Child Tax Credit even if you have little to no income.
- Generally, the children in your family qualify for the Child Tax Credit if they are under 18 and live with you most of the time.
Information about ITINs
- Short guide to applying for an ITIN (CLASP; added February 25, 2022)
- The Facts About the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) (The American Immigration Council)
Guidelines to Acquiring an ITIN
- Note: At the end of this guide, it gets into specifics about local (Hartford, CT) details that won't apply here, but generally, the information is helpful.
- List of current ITIN Acceptance Agents in Hawaiʻi