The IRS stated that families should use the Child Tax Credit (CTC) Update Portal to confirm their eligibility for the payments. If eligible, the tool also indicates whether taxpayers are enrolled to receive their payments by direct deposit. More information can be found at https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/advance-child-tax-credit-payments-in-2021.
For taxpayers currently using direct deposit, the tool will list the full bank routing number and the last four digits of their account number. This account is where the IRS sent their payments so far and will continue to do so. If necessary, the account can now be changed starting with the September 15 payment.
Eligible families for monthly payments include those who (1) filed either a 2019 or 2020 federal income tax return; (2) used the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov in 2020 to register for an Economic Impact Payment; and (3) registered for the advance CTC this year using the new Non-Filer Sign-Up Tool on IRS.gov. The new maximum credit is available to taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income (AGI) of (1) $75,000 or less for singles; (2) $112,500 or less for heads of household; and (3) $150,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return and qualified widows and widowers.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2) raised the maximum Child Tax Credit in 2021 to $3,600 for children under the age of 6 and to $3,000 per child for children ages 6 through 17. Before 2021, the credit was worth up to $2,000 per eligible child.