In late January, the White House and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a new, updated website for families to access the full, expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC).
The updates on ChildTaxCredit.gov include tax filing options tool, information on eligibility, and instructions on how to obtain credits. The website also now includes both virtual and in-person assistance available in multiple languages to ensure accessibility during tax season.
According to coverage from the National Association of Counties (NACo):
The CTC was temporarily expanded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The one-year expansion allowed families to receive up to $3,000 per child ages 6-17 and $3,600 per child ages 0-6, with the first half of the credit available via monthly payments from July 2021 to December 2021. Additionally, ARPA made the credit fully refundable in 2021, expanding eligibility to families who typically do not have sufficient income tax liability to receive the full credit, including those without earnings.
Now that the tax filing season is open, county leaders are encouraged by NACo to share the ChildTaxCredit.gov resource with residents who are eligible for the remainder of the credit.