New Opening for Tax Tool Allows Child Tax Credit for Families Not Required to File

Sharee B.

This year more than 75 million tax returns were filed over the course of the most recent tax filing season. However, there are still hundreds of thousands of families who were not required to file a federal tax return due to income or other situations.

For many of those families, there are still tax credits and stimulus payments that have not yet been claimed, leaving that money out of the hands of parents and children who could benefit the most.

The Child Tax Credit is worth up to $3,000 for parents of children or dependents between the ages of 6 years and 17 years of age. The amount increases by $600 per child for anyone under the age of 6 years old, and both are a part of an expansion passed by the current administration over the last year.

Families who have not yet received their CTC or third stimulus checks, which provide up to an additional $1,400 for those who qualify, can request it via the GetCTC tool.

"The target audience for this tool is the typical non-filer. If they're single, their income is usually roughly below $12,500. If they're married filing jointly, it's like a little over $25,000,” - David Newville, Senior Program Director, Code for America

The tool was created by Code for America, a non-profit agency that is working in conjunction with the White House. Last year, it helped more than 100,000 families receive a portion of $400 million dollars in tax benefits. According to Code for America, many families who have used their tools often had no idea that they even qualified for those funds.

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