(NEXSTAR) – Are you eligible for a child tax credit or last year’s incentive check, but have not yet received your payments? You can finally file a claim to receive these benefits if you didn’t have to file a federal tax return this year.
Last fall, the federal government collaborated on a new website – GetCTC.org – to help more low-income, low-income Americans apply for and receive the Extended Child Tax Credit, a monthly installment of $ 300 per child that was part of the coronavirus relief package.
GetCTC.org was developed by Code for America in partnership with the White House and the Ministry of Finance. The tool, which opened in late September, closed in 10 weeks at the end of the 2021 filing season. More than 115,000 families have managed to use it GetCTC tool to claim more than $ 400 million in tax relief, According to to the Code of Senior Program Director of America for Tax Relief, David Newville.
Now that the traditional tax season is over, GetCTC can reopen.
This year, eligible families can use the tool to receive their 2021 child tax credit. Parents of a child under the age of 6 can receive $ 3,600 a year, some of which can be paid $ 300 a month. Each child ages 6 to 17 qualifies for $ 3,000 per year or $ 250 per month.
Families can also claim their third incentive payment of $ 1,400 per person if they have not received it.
Instead of filing a complete tax return, GetCTC collects information to complete a simplified return that requires only the information needed to obtain a child tax credit and incentive payments.
You are eligible to use the GetCTC tool if your family is not required to file a full federal tax return, which usually means you earn less than $ 12,500 as an individual or $ 25,100 as a married couple and less than $ 400. as self-employment income.
The GetCTC tool found hereis available in English and Spanish and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Code for America it also partners with state aid agencies to help reach people who may not know they are eligible for these tax breaks to help them get their payments.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.