Why haven't I received my child tax credit payment if I qualify?
The first round of payments for the Child Tax Credit were sent on July 15 and most families have received the credit. What options do you have if it hasn't?
The IRS has already sent out about 35 million payments, in total around $15 billion, and almost 9 of 10 payments were directly deposited in recipients' bank accounts. If you haven't received yours yet check out our guide below.
Firstly, make sure you are eligible for the Child Tax Credit with this tool from the IRS.
If you didn't file your taxes in 2020 or 2019 then you will need to use this link to the IRS portal. You can fill in the necessary details there make sure your payments begin.
The IRS also has a FAQ page on its website for other pressing questions.
If you qualify for the credit, and have filed your taxes in the last two years, but still haven't received the money then use these tools to check where your money is:
More Child Tax Credit help:
How much money should I be expecting?
Since July 15 families across America have started to receive the first payment of their credit. For each child under six, those eligible will receive $300 a month, and for children between the ages of six and seventeen, $250 will be sent. There is no limit on the number of children in an eligible family and unless you opted out, it is totally automatic, unless you are part of the aforementioned group which hasn't filed taxes.