One of the most difficult financial burdens, when you have young children, is paying for dependent care, but some good news is that there are some relief options when it comes time to file your taxes.
What is the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit?
The child and dependent care tax credit is available for almost anyone who has a dependent and is working.
The dependent care tax credit is different than the child tax credit, and this article is intended to help you understand how to claim the childcare tax credit.… Read the rest
The original child tax credit, known as the CTC, was first introduced back in 1997, before becoming available to claim in 1998. In the beginning, this was a simple nonrefundable credit for $400, which applied to each qualifying child if they were under the age of 17.
There have been many changes over the last 20 years, with qualifying children being worth a tax credit of $2000 per child. This was refundable for taxpayers who had at least $3,000 of earned income.… Read the rest
The entire tax code was reformed under President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA has changed many things about the Child Tax Credit. These new rules apply to the new tax season.
How Much do I Get Back for a Child?
Under the TCJA, the Child Tax Credit saw a substantial increase to $2,000 per qualifying child. Up to $1,400 of this amount is refundable, depending on your income. This has doubled the previous amount, and the Child Tax Credit was previously only refundable if you were also claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit.… Read the rest
One of the most beneficial and popular federal tax credits is the Child Tax Credit. This is a nonrefundable tax credit, and it’s worth up to $2,000 per qualifying child.
Who is Considered a Qualifying Child?
The IRS considers a qualifying child to be a child that meets all of the criteria below:
- Under the age of 17 at the end of the year
- Has resided with you for more than half of the year
- Is your dependent on your federal taxes
- Is a US citizen and has a valid SSN
- Is a relative such as your child, sibling, stepchild, stepsibling, foster child, legally adopted child, or a descendant from any of the previously mentioned individuals.
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