Get a Child Tax Credit Refund

Want to know if you will get a child tax credit refund? Read on the information on child tax credit to see if you qualify and find out exactly how much you will receive.


The maximum you can get for each qualifying child is $1000-, but how much you will actually get depends on many factors.

First, you need at least one qualifying child under the age of 17. This is different than the age for dependency or earned income credit . The age, as always, is determined by the child's age on the last day of the year.

This credit is even available for people living outside the United States, file married filing separately, or are the non-custodial parent of the child claimed (if the custodial parent agrees to let the non-custodial parent file the child as a dependent.)

You can get $1000- per eligible child regardless how many children you have.

Income Limitation

The total amount you get is limited if you earn more than $75,000 ($110,000 if you file married filing jointly or $55,000 for married filing separately). At this point the credit starts to be phased out. You lose $5- of your credit for every $1000- (or part of) you earn above this amount.

Tax Limitation

The child tax credit refund is limited to the amount of your tax. If your tax is less than your child credit amount or you have other credits that reduce your tax you will get a lower child tax credit amount.

However, you could get part of the reduced amount by applying for the Additional Child Tax Credit with Form 8812 . This is a refundable credit meaning you can get a credit even if you don't owe any taxes.

You can get more information by checking these pages:


Claiming the Child Tax Credit

Child tax credit Worksheet

Child Tax Credit Calculator

Form 8812 - Additional Child Tax Credit

Information on Child Tax Credit

Other credits you can get for children:

Child and dependent care credit

Earned income credit

Updated January 6, 2014

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