How do I get the Advance Child Tax Credit payments?
To receive the Advance Child Tax Credit payments, the IRS needs to know current information about you and your children.
If you already filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return, or used the IRS Non-filer Portal in 2020 to claim your stimulus payments and had no major changes your household information, including your family situation, you do not have to do anything. In these instances, the IRS has enough information to send your family your Advance Child Tax Credit payments automatically.
If have not filed your 2019 or 2020 IRS tax return or used the non-filer portal, you can file a full return to ensure you claim and fully receive the Child Tax Credit, all three stimulus payments and any additional tax credits in which you may be entitled to receive. To explore free options for filing your taxes, visit the Financial Resilience Center Tax Page.
If you do not have a filing requirement and have not submitted any information to the IRS in the last year, you can submit your information through the IRS Non-Filer Sign-Up Tool and get your payments. Need additional help filing out the non-filer form? Get help here: How to Fill Out the IRS Non-Filer Form.
To make sure the IRS has the correct information on your current household, you may check on your eligibility, view advance payments or unenroll from getting advance payments through the Child Tax Credit Update Portal.