What will happen and when?

If the IRS thinks your family is eligible for the Child Tax Credit and already has the information it needs to pay you automatically, you should have received a postcard or letter from the IRS in June 2021.

If you have already filed taxes for tax years 2019 or 2020, you will begin receiving your payments automatically on July 15, 2021, and then on or about the 15th of each month for the next 6 months.

If you have not filed taxes in the past two years and need to submit information to claim the Child Tax Credit, you can use GetCTC, a simplified tax filing portal.

If you need to update your address or banking information with the IRS you can use the CTC Update Portal (CTC UP) ahead of your August payment. Coming soon: at a later date, the update portal will give you the ability to update your household information.