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04 / 02 / 2021 by Greg Freyman, CPA in Personal Tax

American Rescue Act Plan Of 2021 – Child Tax Credit Changes – What You Need To Know


Major changes came for the child tax credit in 2021. What you need to know:

-Easier to qualify – Income limitation has been removed + new abode rule + dependent qualification rules stay the same
-Age restrictions have been expanded from 16 to 17
-Credit has increased to up to $3,000 and $3,600 (for children 5 and under)
-Base credit of $2,000 remains the same
-New phase out rules for amounts over the base credit
-Applies to 2021 but may be made permanent
-Credit is now fully refundable as opposed to partially refundable
-Child tax credit is advanced by 50% unless you opt-out or modify
-Children are aged for 2021 based on 2020 or 2019 filing
-IRS to send notices to taxpayers about advancement
-Safe harbor allows for easier repayment for amounts overfunded
-Online tools are available to calculate the tax credit

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