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Child tax credits will soon be available

First payments will start July 15
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Posted at 11:06 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-17 23:23:08-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — For the first time, families now will begin receiving monthly child tax credit payments. It's a move impacting 39 million households with children.

The payments were established when the American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March.

"A fully refundable credit and an eligible taxpayer can receive it with dependents up to the age of 17," Chantelle Brown, with A Class Tax Solutions, said.

Brown said, under the old tax code, the credit was up to $2,000 and $1,400 was refundable. But under the enhanced version, more money is available.

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"Under the expanded child tax credit, the amount has changed to $3,600 for children under the age of 6 and $3,000 for children between 6-17 and now it's 100% refundable," she said.

One key part is the income qualifications.

The full credit is available to married couples with children filing jointly with adjusted gross income less than $150,000, or $75,000 for individuals.

The first payments will start on July 15.

"The monthly payments will go from July through December, and then the remaining balance is what you would claim as a credit on your 2021 taxes," she said.

Brown said taxpayers who are not interested can opt out and take their full tax credit on their 2021 tax filing.

Watch below the full Q&A about the child tax credit: