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Video: What's the Child Tax Credit—How Do I Qualify?

Updated for Tax Year 2020


Did you know that your greatest joy can also be one your biggest tax deductions? Learn more about what is the Child Tax Credit and how you may qualify. You can get back up to $2,000 on your return if you have a child 16 or younger.

Beginning in 2018, the Child Tax Credit is increased to $2,000 per qualifying child.

Video transcript:

Hi, I'm Arye from TurboTax with some helpful information about the Child Tax Credit and how you can qualify.

The Child Tax Credit allows you to reduce your tax bill by $1,000 ($2,000 beginning in 2018) per child on your tax return.
However, the credit is not refundable. So, how do you qualify?
  • First, if you have a child, they must have been under the age of 17 on the last day of the calendar year for which you are claiming the credit. For example, if your child turns 17 on January 1st of the next year, you can claim that child on prior year taxes and are eligible for the Child Tax Credit.
  • Second, the child you claim must be a US citizen, a US national or a US resident alien.
  • Third, the child is a legal relation, meaning he or she must be your naturally born child, adopted child, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister ... or be a descendant of any of them (like your grandchild, niece, or nephew).
  • And lastly, your child must have lived with you for more than half the calendar year, and you must provide more than half of their support costs.

Children born during the year or those that have passed away also qualify.

For more information about this and other tax topics, visit TurboTax.com. 

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