Normally, tax relief for the year only comes the following year when you file your taxes, no matter how much you need it now. Many families are eligible to receive half of the Child Tax Credit for next year’s taxes as a monthly payment starting in July.

For every child 6-17 years old, qualifying families will get $250 each month, and for every child under 6 years old, families will get $300 each month.

  • The 80% who get their refunds from the IRS through direct deposit will get these payments in their bank account starting on July 15th, on the 15th until the end of 2021.
  • People who don’t use direct deposit will receive their payment by mail.

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest child tax credit ever, and historic relief to the most working families ever.

  • $3,000 per child 6-17 years old ($250 each month).
  • $3,600 per child under 6 years old ($300 each month).
  • All families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household).
  • You can also receive the credit even if you have no income.

If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action. If you didn’t make enough to file taxes in 2020 or 2019 and haven’t already given the IRS your information, you will need to give them some basic information for the Child Tax Credit using this tool.

For more information about the Advanced Tax Credit, straight from the IRS, visit the Advanced Child Tax Credit Portal.

For those in and around Houston with questions about the Advanced Child Tax Credit, our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic will be at an outreach hosted by the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) on Friday, June 25, 2021, from 10 AM to 5 PM, at BakerRipley – Gulfton Sharpstown Campus, located at 6500 Rookin Street, Houston, Texas 77074, and on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 10 AM – 7 PM. The TAC is located at 1919 Smith Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

If you can’t make it or live outside the Houston area, you can always apply for our help online at at any time or by phone at 1-800-733-8394 during regular business hours.

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