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Support for Child Tax Credit from 4Cs

This tax season the expanded Child Tax Credit is available to the families, offering up to $3,600 per child under 6 years old and $3,000 per child between 6 and 17 years old from the IRS. The credit is not a loan!

Since the American Rescue Plan increased the amount of this tax credit for children and expanded its eligibility, almost all families qualify. Even families who haven’t filed a tax return before or don’t have recent income are eligible for the full Child Tax Credit. Anyone who has a child with a Social Security number (SSN) can get it, even if they don’t have an SSN themselves.

The Child Tax Credit is for many mixed-status and immigrant families too. If your child has a Social Security Number (SSN) and you have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), you can get the child checks. If you don’t have an ITIN, you still have options. Learn more about the Child Tax Credit for mixed-status and immigrant families in English or Spanish.

You can still claim this credit, even if you’re not required to file taxes. Receiving the CTC will not affect your eligibility for other benefits including [SNAP, WIC, TANF, LIHEAP, Medicaid, or CHIP]. To sign up for the credit, you can use, a self-service tool that’s IRS-approved.

4Cs of Alameda County is committed to helping Alameda County families access and get the Child Tax Credit to support them with the high cost of raising children. We encourage all families to visit the IRS Page here for more information.

Additional Resources

Federal & State Taxes

Out VITA tax site has closed for the 2021 tax season, but some sites are still open and accepting tax returns. You can visit our VITA page for more information.

More CTC Information

More information for the IRS Advance Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit can be found here.

Contact Information

Questions? Contact
4Cs Dollars for Children Hotline
(510) 736-0006

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