Beginning with 2018 tax returns, families will be able to get more money under the newly revised Child Tax Credit. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (the tax reform legislation passed in December 2017) doubled the maximum Child Tax Credit, boosted income limits to be able to claim the credit, and revised the identification number requirement for 2018 and subsequent years. The new law also created a second smaller credit of up to $500 per dependent aimed at taxpayers supporting older children and other relatives who do not qualify for the Child Tax Credit.
Higher income limits mean more families are now eligible for the Child Tax Credit. The credit begins to phase out at $200,000 of modified adjusted gross income, or $400,000 for married couples filing jointly, which is up from the 2017 levels of $75,000 for single filers or $110,000 for married couples filing jointly.
The Child Tax Credit has increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child, and applies if
- The child is younger than 17 at the end of the tax year
- The taxpayer claims the child as a dependent, and the child lives with the taxpayer for more than six months of the year
The qualifying child must also have a valid Social Security Number issued before the due date of the tax return, including extensions.
Up to $1,400 of the credit can be refundable for each qualifying child. This means an eligible taxpayer may get a refund even if they don’t owe any tax. You can read more about this on the IRS website. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our experts today!