Child Tax Credit News

New Resources for Child Tax Credit Outreach

June 28, 2022

There is still time for families to claim the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC), and we are excited to announce the release of new flyers to support your CTC outreach efforts. Click here to see the flyers. Available in 11 languages, these flyers were created in collaboration with findyourfunds and Code for America. They direct people to the simplified filing portal, GetCTC.org, where individuals with no or low incomes can claim the CTC and the 3rd stimulus payment. Flyers can be edited to include local tax assistance options in addition to, or instead of, GetCTC.org.

When you click this link, you will see a folder with flyers aimed at a general audience and a folder with “Had a baby?” flyers aimed at new parents. Within both folders, you will find ready-to-use PDF flyers that you can distribute with families in your network. You will also find fully customizable flyers in case you want to remove or add information, insert your organization’s logo, or add the contact information of a local organization or agency that can help families claim the CTC. To customize flyers, click the customizable version of the flyer, select “File” in the top left corner, and then choose “Make a copy.”

We hope that these flyers are helpful as you communicate with families in your communities about the CTC in the coming weeks and months. If you are looking for additional resources, please check out our full CTC outreach toolkit here.

Immigrants Without Social Security Numbers Can Still Claim the 2021 CTC Even if their ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) Lapsed

June 10, 2022

As we continue our outreach efforts to encourage families to claim the expanded 2021 Child Tax Credit, we want to keep you updated on the latest information to help connect families to the CTC. Today, we want to make sure you know that even though Tax Day 2022 has passed, immigrants with lapsed Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) can still renew their ITINs and claim the CTC for any child in their household with a Social Security Number.

Families with one or more adult with a lapsed ITIN can renew their ITIN by submitting a form W-7, along with a paper return, to claim the 2021 Child Tax Credit and other credits. More information on this process is available here. Unfortunately they will need to file a paper return with their W-7 and cannot use the websites. This means it will take a while for them to get their refunds.

Families where the tax filers have Social Security numbers or current ITINs can still file a tax form to claim the CTC and other credits they may be entitled to for tax year 2021, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), Rescue and Recovery Credit (RRC – the third stimulus payment) and American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). If their income is below $12,550 (single) or $25,100 (for married couples) the April 18 deadline did not apply to them. Families with higher incomes should also file; if they were due a refund, there is no penalty, and if they owe taxes, the sooner they file, the smaller the penalty.

Unfortunately, individuals who did not secure an ITIN for the first time by April 18, 2022, will not be able to receive the 2021 CTC. 

Though it is unfortunate that families who never secured ITINs can no longer access the 2021 CTC, those individuals who have expired ITINs are still eligible. We encourage you to continue to reach out to them to let them know this money is available. Please check out our Partner and Family toolkits on various resources to assist mixed-status families in learning more on how to file for the CTC.

Recordings Available: It’s Not Too Late to Help Families Get the Expanded Child Tax Credit: GetCTC.org Navigator Training

(English Language Version): It’s Not Too Late to Help Families Get the Expanded Child Tax Credit: GetCTC.org Navigator Training with Code For America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Coalition on Human Needs and the Partnership for America’s Children.

May 19, 2022


(Spanish Language Version): It’s Not Too Late to Help Families Get the Expanded Child Tax Credit: GetCTC.org Navigator Training with Code For America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Coalition on Human Needs and the Partnership for America’s Children.

May 19, 2022