Advance Child Tax Credit FAQ
Your primary home can be any location where you regularly live, such as a house, apartment, mobile home, shelter, temporary lodging, or other location. Your primary home does not need to be the same physical location throughout the taxable year. A permanent address is not necessary to get these payments. If you are temporarily away from your main home because of illness, education, business, vacation, or military service, you are generally treated as living in your main home.
- The individual is the taxpayer’s son, daughter, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, a grandchild, niece, or nephew).
- The individual does not provide more than one-half of his or her own support during 2021.
- The individual lives with the taxpayer for more than one-half of 2021 tax year. For exceptions to this requirement, see IRS Publication 972, Child Tax Credit and Credit for Other Dependents
- The individual is properly claimed as the taxpayer’s dependent. For more information about how to properly claim an individual as a dependent, see IRS Publication 501, Dependents, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information.
- The individual does not file a joint return with their spouse for tax year 2021 or files it only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid.
- The individual was a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. resident alien. For more information on this condition, see IRS Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.
If you were not eligible or didn’t file your 2020 tax return or your 2019 tax return, the IRS created an online Non-Filer tool that will allow individuals who fall under this category to file a simplified tax return. By filling this out, it allows eligible individuals to register for advance Child Tax Credit payments, as well as claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit. Taxpayers also can visit IRS.gov/filing for details about:
- IRS Free File
- Free File Fillable Forms
- Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool, or
- Finding a trusted tax professional.
If you have any additional questions or need assistance, please visit the IRS website. If you need assistance with your account, please reach out to Neighborhood Credit Union.
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