Early in 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which included a provision that increased the child tax credit amount and upped the age limit of eligible children. Historically, the credit was $2,000 per eligible child under age 17. For the 2021 tax year the American Rescue Plan increased the credit to $3,000 for each child under age 18 and to $3,600 for children under age 6 at the end of the year.
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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) expanded the Child Tax Credit for tax year 2021 only, allowing families to receive advance payments instead of taking the full credit on their 2021 tax return. The goal of increasing the credit, along with monthly payments, is to help families that have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic and lessen child poverty in the U.S.
Beginning July 15, the IRS will start issuing monthly advance payments to families based on their 2020 or 2019 tax return.