April 7, 2021 - Douglas Myser

Parents payment under stimulus plan. As part of the American Rescue Plan, a fully refundable Child Tax Credit for 2021, that was originally set to get distributed by sometime in late April or May, is now set for later in the summer, due to the IRS backing up the tax filing date, and the increased workload at the IRS in supporting the stimulus rollout. The White House says President Joe Biden has put many provisions into the plan, with sweeping changes to the Child Tax Credit, which could start monthly cash payments to families by July. The American Rescue Plan institutes a fully refundable Child Tax Credit for 2021, increasing the maximum amount eligible parents can receive for simply having a qualifying child dependent to $3000 per child ages 6 to 17 per year, or $250 per month. For children under the age of 6, the maximum credit equals $3600 annually, or $300 per month. The dramatic expansion of the credit would only last for one year under the American Rescue Plan, although Democrats are hoping to make the credit enhancement permanent. Parents payment under stimulus plan.

The credit's overhaul would deliver cash to 93% of American children and cut the child poverty rate by half, according to Columbia University. CTC payments will probably start going out in July. The American Rescue Plan calls for the IRS to send out periodic payments from July to December. It allows for up to half the credit to be paid out in advance, with the remainder claimable when you file your taxes next spring. But dividing the 2021 Child Tax Credit into monthly installments may present logistical challenges. The payments might end up coming less frequently, says Elaine Maag, a principal research associate at the Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center.

To get your tax credit fast, update your information with the IRS quickly. Under the plan, the IRS is required to create an online portal that will allow taxpayers to update their income, marital status, and number of children who qualify for the credit. That portal will also allow people to opt out of the periodic payments if they want tt take full child credit on their tax return next spring.