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Alexandra Sabalier
November 03, 2021
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The Advanced Child Tax Credit for American Expats

The Advanced Child Tax Credit:

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a payment the IRS has been sending to American Families with minor children to help offset the costs of raising kids during these challenging times.

Millions of American families have received monthly advance Child Tax Credit payments.

Who Qualifies for Advance Payments

To qualify for advance payments of the Child Tax Credit, you (and your spouse, if you filed a joint return) must have:

  • Filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return and claimed the Child Tax Credit on the return or
  • Given us your information in 2020 to receive the Economic Impact Payment with the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool or
  • Given us your information in 2021 with the Non-Filer: Submit Your Information tool; and
  • Lived in a main home in the United States for more than half the year (the 50 states and the District of Columbia) or filed a joint return with a spouse who has a main home in the United States for more than half the year; and
  • A qualifying child who is under age 18 at the end of 2021 and who has a valid Social Security number; and
  • Made less than certain income limits.

 Nearly every family in the United States is eligible to receive these payments, including families that haven’t filed a tax return and families that don’t have recent income. 

Child Tax Credit amounts will be different for each family

The amount you're eligible to receive changes based on the age of your children. The payment for children:
Ages five and younger is up to $3,600 in total (up to $300 in advance monthly)

Ages six to 17 is up to $3,000 in total (up to $250 in advance monthly)

Families can receive half of their new credit between July and December 2021 and the remaining half in 2022 when they file a tax return.

Families can receive half of their new credit between July and December 2021 and the remaining half in 2022 when they file a tax return. The payments can be deposited directly into your bank account or sent by post mail in checks.

Do American Expats Qualify for the Advanced Child Tax Credit?

Unfortunately no. To receive the Advanced Child Tax Credit you must have lived in a main home in the United States for more than half the year, or filed a joint return with a spouse who has a main home in the United States for more than half the year. This means that American Expats who live abroad do NOT qualify.

Fortunately, Americans Abroad do qualify for the Child Tax Credit. Under the Child Tax Credit even and if you don’t owe US taxes, you can receive up to $1,400 per child as a tax refund

Book your tax consultation with me to learn all the details on specifically how you can claim these payments.

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