Questions & Answers About The Advance Child Tax Payments.

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 – and most families will automatically receive monthly payments without having to take any action (whitehouse.gov, N.D).

Q: What is an advance child tax payment?

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also as The American Rescue Plan or COVID-19 Stimulus Package was signed into law to help the businesses, individuals, and families recover from economic hardship caused by Coronavirus.

Apart of that law was the enhancement of what we know as the Child Tax Credit, to reduce child poverty by assisting families with a monthly monetary payment.

Q: Who is eligible to receive payments?

Individuals or families who filed their 2021 taxes that claimed a “qualifying child”.

Q: What do they mean by a “qualifying child”?

A “qualifying child” is claimed on your taxes as your dependent who does not turn 18 before January 1, 2022.

This can be your child, stepchild, grandchild, niece, nephew, eligible foster children, and more.

Q: I qualify! When will I start receiving payments? How much will I receive?

Good news! Relief is already on the way to families across the country. The IRS started distributing funds July 2021.

For children under the age of 6 (0-6 years), individuals and families will receive $3,600 per child.

For children over the age of 6 (6-17 years), individuals and families will receive $3,000 per child.

Q: Can I track and manage my payments?

Yes! The IRS has created the Child Tax Credit Update Portal. Click here to get more information and create an account.

Q: Thank your for the information… but when can I get more information?

Your welcome! You can get information from the following places:


Northern Children's Services