If you’re eligible for the expanded tax credit under last year’s pandemic relief bill claim, the federal government has launched a webpage built specifically to help you out.
The second half of the child tax credit payment can now be applied for via ChildTaxCredit.gov, a website that features a new tool that directs taxpayers to filing options, eligibility information and instructions on how to get the credit, according to the Treasury Department. Both virtual and in-person support will be provided in multiple languages for those seeking the claim.
As it stands, the child tax credit was expanded as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which included a monthly payment of as much as $300 per child. Since the payments were first disbursed in July, the Treasury and the IRS have issued roughly $93 billion to tens of millions of families, according to the Treasury. And in December, 61 million children received the enhanced benefits.
Families received half of their expanded 2021 credit on a monthly basis and the other half will be received once they file their taxes. The enhanced portion of the child tax credit program has since lapsed. For tax year 2022, the child tax payment reverts to $2,000 annually per qualifying child, which in 2022 expands age eligibility to 17 year-olds.
Speaking about Part 2 of the claim, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said in a written statement, “As tax filing season begins, the Treasury’s priority is ensuring that eligible families are able to receive the full Child Tax Credit. This relief has helped families pay for essentials when they needed it most and by getting the second half, or the full amount, of the credit millions of children can continue to benefit.”