You can opt out of monthly child tax credit payments before July 15

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There are several reasons why families might prefer a larger check for the child tax credit in 2022.

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Eligible families across the United States will get their first advance payment of the child tax credit the 15th of July. According to your child’s age and your income, you could receive a payment of up to $ 300 per child each month. But parents will also be allowed to refuse advance payments in order to claim the full amount up to $ 3,600 per child at tax time next year.

IRS plans two portals will be available by July 1. One of these portals will be used to make changes and update your household details, which is especially useful for those who who do not normally declare taxes. The other portal will be specifically for households that don’t want or need the child tax credit money right away (we’ll explain why this might be the case below).

Parents may want to start thinking about how to spend the child tax credit money when it comes. And in addition to the child tax credit, you can claim up to $ 16,000 in child care expenses as a tax break next year. If you are still waiting for your $ 1,400 stimulus check or your plus-up payment, here is how to track him. This is what we know new stimulus plans and how they could make you more money. This story receives frequent updates.

Why would parents refuse advance payments of the child tax credit?

Here are some reasons why opting out of monthly child tax credit payments may be a good idea:

  • You would rather have a single large payment next year instead of seven smaller payments over 2021 and 2022. This could be the case for families who are saving for a large expense or for those who have earmarked that money to pay off their unpaid debts. .
  • You know your household situation or your tax situation will change and you don’t want to have to update your information in the portal.
  • You’re worried that the IRS might accidentally send you an overpayment, and you don’t want to worry about paying that money back next year.


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What is the payment schedule for those who opt out?

Those who choose to decline this year’s Child Tax Credit payments (equivalent to half of the total) will still receive the same amount of money at the end, but simply delay when they receive it.

Be aware that if you choose not to take the monthly child tax credits from July through December, you won’t get your full payment – or no payment at all – until you after the IRS processes your 2021 tax return next year. The full amount will then arrive with your tax refund, or could be used to offset any taxes you owe at that time; you will be in a situation similar to those people who had to claim missing stimulus checks on their taxes this year.

So if you have a child who is 5 years old or younger by the end of 2021 and your income meets requirements, you will receive a total of $ 3,600 when you file your taxes in 2022. However, if you choose to receive monthly payments, you will receive six payments of $ 300 each month this year and an additional $ 1,800 with your tax refund. next year. You can use our 2021 child tax credit calculator to estimate how much you should get.

How will IRS portals help set up a one-time annual payment next year?

If you filed your taxes before May 17th deadline, then you will automatically receive advance monthly payments from July 15th. But before next month, the IRS will open two portals designed specifically for the new child tax credit payments, one of which is available to households who wish to opt out. monthly payments of the year.

We’ll know more about the details once the portals are up and running, and the IRS should have more resources to build the portals with the end of tax season. We know that the IRS will make paper forms available to those who do not have Internet access. “We will make forms and instructions available to people who wish to opt out” IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said on April 13.

We also know that portals can be used to update the IRS with any changes that have occurred since the last tax return. For example, if you had a new baby in 2021, won a new qualified dependent or if your income has changed recently, the IRS might not have registered it yet.

For more information on the Child Tax Credit, here’s what you need to know if you share custody of a child. Also, here’s what you need to know about the child tax credit payment schedule and the extra thing parents of 2021 babies will need to do claim their payments.

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