WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CHILD TAX CREDIT?

Most families are eligible for CTC, as long as the children are either a US citizen, US national, or a so-called US resident alien.

The children must also have lived with the person who’s claiming for more than half of the tax year and be claimed as a dependent on the tax return.

This can be a son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister, but may also be a grandchild, niece or nephew.

You can check if you’re eligible for the credit by using anĀ IRS online tool.

To use it, you’ll need to know your filing status, whether you can claim the person as a dependent and the person’s date of birth.

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