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There’s Still Time! Claim Your 2021 Child Tax Credit

September 29, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: October 3, 2022

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Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Child Tax Credit was increased and expanded for 2021. Most families are eligible to receive the credit for their children. For families with qualifying children who did not turn 18 before the start of this year, the 2021 Child Tax Credit is worth $3,000 to $3,600 per child, depending on their age.

If you haven’t filed taxes for your family to claim your full 2021 Child Tax Credit, there’s still time. With only weeks remaining to file a tax return this year, families should file their taxes as soon as possible. The easiest and most secure way to claim the full credit amount is electronically. Go to for free resources to help you file to receive your 2021 Child Tax Credit and other important tax benefits – like the increased Earned Income Tax Credit.

Some families received part of their 2021 Child Tax Credit through monthly payments from July to December 2021. To receive the rest, you need to file a tax return. Other families who didn’t receive monthly payments – for example, because you welcomed a new child in 2021 – will receive their full 2021 Child Tax Credit by filing a tax return.

Remember: Families must file a tax return to receive the full Child Tax Credit. Information provided on can help, including for people who don’t usually need to file a tax return. Go to to see if you are eligible for the 2021 Child Tax Credit and for free resources to help you file for the credit.

Get the money your family deserves by filing for the credit right away.

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    I have to two adult grandsons after their mom passed away and their dad will never be able to care for them. I draw retirement and of course they get disability, my question is can I file income tax this year?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Rebecca. Thanks for visiting our blog. For tax questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040 or you can visit their website. We hope this information is helpful.

  2. Amanda C.

    Please help with access to my account

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Amanda. We are sorry to hear you have had difficulty accessing your account. If you are still unable to access your account or encounter a problem with your personal my Social Security account, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “help desk.” We hope this helps.

  3. Nadine G.

    i have been taking care of my grand since dec 2021. he is able to receive social security due to his condition. his mom is in another state and not speaking. with out court how can i get social security for him? he is 15 years old. i’m not sure if she is receiving for him in another state or not. what are my options?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Nadine. Thanks for visiting our blog. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We encourage you to work with your local Social Security office for assistance. We hope this helps.

  4. Patricia W.

    I received CTC last time I’m on social security adopted my 2 grandsons 12 and 13 will I automatically get it this year and when does it start in Oklahoma

  5. Andrew L.

    My son did not receive the last check.. or if he did how can this be confirmed or if someone else cashed the check? It was not sent to his bank as that account was closed.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Andrew. Thanks for visiting our blog. Please visit and read IRS Filing Season 2021 CTC Questions and Answers if you have questions. Learn more about the EITC, including basic qualifications, at the IRS’ Earned Income Tax Credit webpage. Social Security can’t answer CTC or EITC questions.

      • Nancy

        Did I get this for my kids

    • Clever

      If the BANK account has been closed,…how then would the check be obtained? unless it was sent to an address provided by You before the check was issued….It probably bounced back from the bank to the SSA.

  6. APRIL S.

    Hartsville South Carolina and Florence South Carolina and Darlington South Carolina and SSA and SSDI and SSI and $1,400.00 and Child Tax Credit Monthly check Hartsville South Carolina and Florence South Carolina and Darlington South Carolina and $2,000 Why we have not received nothing for the government of for the RIS we have not received anything in my pici received anything and I’m baking a cow or in a mailbox I mean about everybody in another country received us but we have not received nothing but they but they got Daniel We was supposed to get some something too and I’m about to and I’m mailbox in and I’ll make a call but we have not received anything in our bank account we have not received anything for you

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