Is your family eligible to receive Child Tax Credit payments in 2021?

American families can receive credits for each child under age 18 called Child Tax Credit (CTC). The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 has expanded the CTC to help many families get advance payments starting July 15, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your family has children under age 18, you can receive Child Tax Credits (CTCs) even if you do not file a tax return or have any reported income. The CTC for qualifying children is fully refundable. Here’s what you need to know to get your CTCs.

The CTC includes all children under age 18, including those who turn age 17 in 2021. For the tax year 2021, families claiming the CTC will receive:

  • $3,000 per qualifying child between the ages of 6 and 17 at the end of 2021
  • $3,600 per qualifying child under age 6 at the end of 2021

If you qualify for a $3,000 Child Tax Credit, you could get six $250 payments between July and December (for a total of $1,500) and then claim the remaining $1,500 on your taxes.

To apply for your CTCs, visit the IRS for more information

  • Visit,
  • Call 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline, or
  • Go to the Free Tax Center at BakerRipley Gulfton Sharpstown Campus, open now through early November 2021:

    6500 Rookin Street
    Houston, Texas 77074
    Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Fridays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    (713) 273-3755

Additional Child Credit Resources

To learn more about CTC, download these flyers: