The IRS has officially opened both of its Child Tax Credit Update Portal, will let you verify if your family qualifies for the tax credit and opt out of receiving any payments this year — a Spanish version will be available soon, the agency said. The Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant is the second new tool and helps families determine whether they qualify for the payments. Last week, the IRS opened the first portal to help those who aren’t required to file income tax returns sign up for the monthly payments.portals, the tax agency announced Tuesday, along with a new eligibility tool. The new portal, called the
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IRS portals are key to the child tax credit in 2021, 2022
Here’s how the online tools will help parents with eligible dependents, according to the IRS:
- The Child Tax Credit Update Portal lets you verify that your family qualifies for the credit and opt out of receiving any payments this year.
- A nonfilers portal — now open — lets you provide the IRS with basic information about yourself and your dependents if you normally aren’t required to file a tax return.
- The Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant, also now open, can help you determine whether you qualify for the advance child tax credit payments.
- Another online tool — which the IRS is calling the Child Tax Credit Update Portal — will be available before July 1 and will let you opt out of the advance monthly payments to instead receive one payment for the total amount of the credit in 2022. The IRS said this portal will later allow you to check on the status of your payments and update the IRS with your current information.
In addition to initiating Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, which was Monday, the White House has launched a new website for the child tax credit. The website provides a useful FAQ for families, details about eligibility and more downloadable information.
The IRS has also provided a list of free tax days in 12 select cities (PDF), including Los Angeles and New York. In the coming weeks, the tax days will provide eligible families with help to prepare and file their 2020 tax returns so that they can receive the advance child tax credit payments.
How to use the IRS Update Portals to opt out of the advance payment program
The Child Tax Credit Update Portal now lets youthe monthly child tax credit payments. That means that instead of receiving monthly payments of, say, $300 for your 4-year-old, you can wait until filing 2021 taxes in 2022 to receive the $3,600 lump sum.
To do so, visit the Child Tax Credit Update Portal and select Unenroll from Advance Payments. You’ll then need to sign in with your IRS username or ID.me account. On the page, if you’re eligible, you’ll see an option to opt out of the payments.
You can opt out at any time, but note that you must opt out at least three days before the first Thursday of the month you’re opting out of. For the July 15 payment, you’d need to opt out by June 28. Once you opt out, you can’t opt back in until September.
You may want to unenroll in the advance monthly payment program because you’re expecting your circumstances to change or if the partial monthly payments will interfere in tax planning. Families that usually owe money to the IRS when they file their taxes may want to instead use the full credit next year. Or you might choose a larger payout if your household is saving for a big expense next year.
How to use the ‘Non-filer Sign-up Tool’ (and the portal’s limitations)
Available now, the child tax credit “Non-filer Sign-up Tool” is a way for those who aren’t required to file a tax return to give the tax agency basic information on their dependents. This tool can be used by low-income families that earn too little to have filed a 2020 tax return but that need to notify the IRS of qualifying children born before 2021.
With the nonfiler tool, you’ll be able to electronically file a simple tax form with the IRS with enough information for the agency to determine your family’s eligibility for the advance child tax credit payments. You shouldn’t use this tool if you are required to file a tax return but just haven’t yet. Also, don’t use this tool if you actually filed a 2020 tax return or if you claimed all your dependents on a 2019 return.
To use the tool, families must have a primary residence in the US for more than half the year. To register, parents should have their personal details on hand, including an email address, Social Security numbers for dependents and a bank account routing number.
Heads-up: The IRS recommends using the portal on a laptop or desktop computer, not on a phone. While the tool is not mobile-friendly, according to The Washington Post, you can access it from a browser on your smartphone. In addition to requiring an email address, you need to know your filing status and other tax-related information, which as a nonfiler, you may not have readily available. The tool is also not available in Spanish. (We’ve contacted the IRS about the tool being available in languages other than English.)
The IRS has guidance on how to fill out the form as a nonfiler. Note that it can take up to 48 hours for the IRS to confirm your email address — and another 48 hours after submitting your information for the IRS to accept it.
1. To get started, create an account if you don’t yet have one. You’ll need an email address to confirm your information.
2. On the next page — named “Fill Out Your Tax Forms” — enter your information, including your filing status and details about dependents. Because this portal is an update to, you can add information about those payments, called “Recovery Rebate Credit” on the form. Add your banking information to receive your payments electronically instead of in the mail. Tap the Continue to Step 2 button when ready.
3. On this page — named “E-File Your Tax Forms” — you’ll provide your Here’s more on how to do that.) When done, tap the Continue to E-File button to submit your information., and sign the form electronically. (
What does the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant do?
The new Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant allows families to answer a series of questions to quickly determine whether they qualify for the advance credit. This can be helpful for families who haven’t received a letter from the IRS confirming their eligibility.
Make sure the IRS has your information before July 15
Through the portals this summer, taxpayer families will be able to indicate changes to any life circumstances since they last filed their taxes, such as aor . For example, if you started making less money this year, you’ll want to update the IRS about those changes so you can get the .
If you had or will have, it’s important to let the IRS know, so you can receive your payment for up to $3,600 for that child. The same applies if you adopted a child or if you gained a new child dependent since you last filed your taxes.
Also, if you’ve gained full custody of your child, you’ll be the parent who receives the money for your kid. Note that parents who have shared custody will not each get a payment. This is important for domestic violence survivors, according to comments during an IRS oversight hearing by Nina Olson, executive director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights. The “change of circumstances portal should allow them to enter their change in marital status and also where the children are,” Olson said.
How to qualify without a permanent address
The IRS is urging people to share information about the child tax credit with others who don’t have permanent addresses. By doing this, you’re helping make sure families receive the payments they’re eligible for. You can share information about the online portals and resources with them so they know about the programs to help them file a tax return.
For more child tax credit 2021 details, here’syou can expect. Also, here’s and for the payments.