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Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division

Child Tax Credit

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Starting July 15 and continuing through December 2021, the new federal Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan Act provides monthly benefits up to $250 per child between ages 6-17 and $300 per child under age 6.

Most families (nearly 90% of children in the United States) will automatically receive monthly payments without having to take any action.

If you've filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you will get this tax relief automatically.

  • Payments will happen by direct deposit into your bank account starting July 15 and on the 15th of each month through December.
  • People who do not use direct deposit will receive their payments by mail around the same time.

Families who did not file taxes last year still can access the benefit. If a couple makes under $24,800, a head of household makes under $18,650, or a single filer makes under $12,400, and they have not filed their taxes:

  • Go to  and click on the sign-up link. Here's the link for Spanish speakers .
  • All you'll need to apply are a reliable mailing address, an e-mail address, Social Security numbers for your children, and Social Security Numbers (or ITIN) for you and your spouse.
  • If you provide bank account information, you can receive your payment safely and securely by direct deposit.

Frequently-Asked Questions

If you have a bank account, you can sign-up  for direct deposit of your monthly payments. If you receive your payment electronically, it will show up in your bank account labeled CHILDCTC. If not, simply enter the address where you’d like your payments mailed.

Social Media Library

MCAH offers a variety of prewritten messages to help raise awareness about the child tax credit.

Copy and paste the text to share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. To use corresponding graphics, click on photo to enlarge the image, then right click and "save as". You will now be able to upload this higher resolution image to your social media site.

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