There is Still Time to Claim
the Expanded Child Tax Credit
Families can claim the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credit until April 15, 2025. While simplified filing through GetCTC.org has closed, families can file full tax returns to claim their money. Beginning in January and February 2023, individuals can get support filing tax returns at GetYourRefund.org or at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.
Families can still claim the 2021 CTC, but will need to file full tax returns. They have until April 15, 2025 to do so. To learn more about key outreach dates in the coming months, check out this blog.
Tax Day in 2022 has passed, but families that didn’t file a tax return still can claim thousands of dollars from the expanded 2021 Child Tax Credit. Nearly all families with children are entitled to claim the credit.
Want to help? We have materials and videos that can help families claim the credit, and that schools, state agencies, and service providers can use to help families claim it.
Ready to start helping families in your program and community to claim the Child Tax Credit?
Families can claim the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credit until April 15, 2025. While simplified filing through GetCTC.org has closed, families can file full tax returns to claim their money. Beginning in January and February 2023, individuals can get support filing tax returns at GetYourRefund.org or at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Community organizations can let families know that they can still claim their money and that there are resources available to help them do so. Below are multilingual resources to help you learn more and/or communicate to families before tax filing season begins in 2023. For CTC outreach updates, sign up for our newsletter here.
Claim a unique link, or URL, to GetYourRefund.org. Get your unique URL from our partners at Code for America by emailing them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.”.
- Please choose a short series of letters as your unique URL (for example, the abbreviation of your organization’s name). Unique URLs will look like this: “www.GetYourRefund.org/yourURL“
- This will enable you to track your outreach efforts just for your organization and see how you have made a difference.
- You will then have access to a data dashboard where you can see how many people have signed up using your unique URL, when and how much money they have received.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO can claim the credit?
The American Rescue Plan Act expanded the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) to almost 90% of children in the U.S., including families with no earned income, who don’t usually file tax returns. That includes grandparents and parents with disabilities living on Social Security, and families that couldn’t find work and got by on unemployment benefits and other supports. Families that already got the advance payments in 2021 must file a 2021 tax return to get the second half of their credit; families that didn’t get the advance credit can get the entire CTC by filing now. Families have until April 2025 to claim the 2021 expanded CTC by filing a back tax return or amended return.
WHY does it matter?
Families can receive $3,000 (kids 6 to 17) or $3,600 (under 6) per child. The expansion was projected to reduce the number of children experiencing poverty by about 40% and is critical for Black and Latinx children, who disproportionately missed out on the CTC previously. Families spent 2021 CTC advance payments on food and other basic needs, like housing and school expenses. Many studies have shown that additional income, like the expanded CTC, is associated with better outcomes for kids in families with low incomes, including stronger educational performance, improved health, reduced stress, and increased earnings as adults.
But these positive outcomes will only occur if families with the lowest incomes claim the credit. More than 4 million kids are at risk of missing out on the CTC, because their parents or guardians are not required to file taxes or because they face barriers to filing.
HOW can they claim it?
Families can still claim the full 2021 CTC (or the half they are still owed if they received advance payments) by filing 2021 tax returns.
Families have until April 2025 to claim the 2021 expanded CTC by filing a back return or amended return.
HOW can you help?
We know that partners like schools, service providers, and community organizations are best situated to serve as “trusted messengers.” You do not have to be tax experts to help families claim the 2021 CTC, and we hope that our resources will make it easy for you to integrate CTC outreach into your existing programs and communications. With the ongoing pandemic, this assistance will be as critical as ever for families. Thank you for your work now- and always!
For CTC outreach updates, sign up for our newsletter here.
Want to get involved? Have questions? Want support helping families you work with claim the CTC or tracking the impact of your outreach? Please reach out to Aline da Fonseca (email@example.com) or Julia Beebe (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the Coalition on Human Needs and Partnership for America’s Children.