The Child Tax Credit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gives most working low income families with children the largest historic tax credit relief ever available. The maximum tax credit amount is refundable and is a vital tool for ensuring that low income families are able to send their children to quality schools. There is no limit on the number of child tax credit payments that an individual family can make during any one tax year. If there are additional children, then the credit is increased by the additional child tax credit payments that they have made.
To determine if you are eligible for the child tax credit payments, you must first determine your taxable income. You can do this online. All you need to know is how much income you and/or your spouse earn and include in your gross income. Once you have completed your online tax return and you see that you are eligible, you will need to fill out the child tax credit application.
Some low-income families may be able to qualify for child tax credit payments through their employer. If your employer offers payroll deductions for these types of payments, you will not need to pay income tax on the money. However, you should still report the amount of deductions on your personal tax return. Be sure to make a detailed payment trace and document all deductions on your tax return so that you are prepared in case you are contacted by the Internal Revenue Service for additional tax due.
For some families, the tax refund next year could be only enough to cover the cost of tax credits and interest. In these cases, the child tax credit payments may be a viable option. For example, your child might have earned enough money to live on for the month or two before the payment begins. In this case, the child would be able to claim the child tax credit payments.
Some households experience more than one unassisted death in a family. If one or more members of the household die, there can be a difference between the amount the surviving family receives and the remaining family’s tax return. Because there can be such a difference, it is often better to take all available child tax credit payments starting with the first payment that is received. Again, you will want to document all deductions on your tax return. This will help you if you are ever required to claim a child tax credit or an unassisted death.
Some taxpayers choose to get their child tax credit updates and announcements through a different source. You can request an electronic or paper tax return from the IRS website. You can also choose to get an electronic tax return. The child tax credit updates and announcements sent through the federal website can be printed out at your leisure and can be used for personal purposes as well as filing your tax returns.
Another option is to get the information delivered to you by mail. You can choose to receive these electronic payments or receive paper forms. The paper forms are still convenient because they can be easily stored and are less likely to be lost. When the payments arrive, they are usually in the form of a check that can be cashed at a bank in a matter of minutes. Most banks now offer this service for free.
Child tax payments are easier to track today than ever before. You can make a single payment or set up automatic monthly deposits. You can use your debit or credit cards to make direct deposits to your bank account. Whatever option you choose, these payments should help ease some of the financial stress you have been dealing with because of the death of a child.