Learning about tax credits and deductions that you qualify for can make a big difference at tax time. If you’re a parent, you’ll be happy to know that you may qualify for the Child Tax Credit if you have children. This credit can help you decrease your tax burden.
How Much is the Child Tax Credit?
You can claim $1,000 per dependent child under 17. The Child Tax Credit is a nonrefundable tax credit, meaning it can reduce your taxes owed, but you will not receive a refund from it (with few exceptions).
How Do I Qualify for the Child Tax Credit?
In order to claim the full tax credit, you must meet the IRS requirements, these include:
- Your child is under the age of 17 at the end of the year and either a US citizen, U.S. National, or U.S. resident alien.
- The child must be your qualifying child (son, daughter, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother or sister or descendant of them.
- Child is claimed as a dependent
- The child has lived with you for more than half the year.
- Child did not provide over half of his or her own support.
- Your household income is below the phase out threshold.
- Married (Filing Joint): $110,000
- Married (Filing Separately): $55,000
- Single: $75,000
Check Out Other Tax Credits
While you’re claiming the Child Tax Credit, you should see if you qualify to receive the Child and Dependent Care Credit. You may be able to further reduce your tax burden!