The Child Tax Credit in the U.S. is issued depending on the income level of a family with families making less than $110,000 per year claiming the full child tax credit. The credit reduces the tax liability for families in the U.S. and if there are funds in excess of the liability you may be able to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit.
The Child Tax Credit can be as much as $1000 per qualifying child depending on the family's income. Families are allowed to reduce up to $1000 of the federal income tax liability for every qualifying child who is below the age of 17.
Eligibility tests to qualify dependents for tax credit
Qualifying children are defined under various factors namely: age, relationship, support, dependence, citizenship and residence. Children should be or have been below the age of 17 by the end of the year.
The child should pass the relationship test where they are a stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother or sister, son or daughter or a descendant from any of these relatives and hence is extensible to grandchildren and nieces or nephews.
Children under consideration should not have provided over half of their own needs and must be claimed as dependents on the applicant’s federal tax return. File Form 1040 Schedule 8812 to claim your Child Tax Credit and the Additional if you are eligible.
Citizenship and dependency requirements for tax credit
Additional requirements include the fact that the child should have lived with the applicant for over half of the year, and should be a citizen of the United States, a U.S. national or a U.S. resident alien.
Tax credit limitations
The Child Tax credits are limited to some specific considerations, for instance, married taxpayers who choose to file different returns have a limit of $55,000 while married taxpayers filing a joint return have a limit of $110,000. For other taxpayers, the limit begins at $75,000.
How to calculate the additional child tax credit
The Additional Child Tax Credit is calculated based on a couple of factors. The two different methods depend on the number of children the tax payer claims to have.
For taxpayers with one or two children:
The amount of money given in a refund is whichever is smaller, either the unused portion of the child tax credit or 15% of the persons earned income over $3000.
For taxpayers with three or more children:
The amount of money given in a refund is the unused portion of the child tax credit or the larger amount of either 15% of the applicants earned income above $3,000 or the sum of Social Security and Medicare taxes paid minus the earned income credit.
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