child tax credit eligibility

Child Tax Credit helps families with qualifying children get a tax break

Child Tax Credit helps families with qualifying children get a tax break

Who Qualifies?

Must Have Social Security number

– Be under age 18 at the end of the year

– Be your son, daughter, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, or a descendant of one of these (for example, a grandchild, niece or nephew)

– Provide no more than half of their own financial support during the year

– Have lived with you for more than half the year

– Be properly claimed as your dependent on your tax return

– Not file a joint return with their spouse for the tax year or file it only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid

– Have lived with you for more than half the year

– Have been a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or U.S. resident alien

Parents and guardians with higher incomes may be eligible to claim a partial credit

You can claim the Child Tax Credit by entering your children and other dependents on Form 1040