As the pandemic continues to affect families, many are struggling financially. If you are a parent with no income or a low-income household, you may be eligible for financial help in the form of child tax credit.
What is the Child Tax Credit?
The child tax credit is a federal program designed to provide financial assistance for families who have dependent children under 18 years old. The amount varies depending on factors such as the number of children and total family income.
Starting from July 2021, eligible families will receive advance payments of up to $300 per child per month through December 2021. These advances represent half of the estimated amount that taxpayers will claim on their 2021 tax returns.
Who Qualifies for Child Tax Credit?
Not all parents qualify for child tax credit. Eligibility depends on various factors such as:
- The age of your child
- Your annual income
- Whether you have custody or legal guardianship
- Whether your child has a Social Security Number
For instance, if you’re single and make less than $75,000 annually – or married filing jointly and make less than $150,000 annually – then you are eligible for full payment consideration. To double-check if your family qualifies visit IRS’s website.
If your family does not meet these criteria but still needs financial support then there are other programs available that can assist low-income households with young children.
Additional Support Available
Parents who do not meet eligibility requirements for the new advance payments may still be able to receive support from other government programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Women Infants and Children (WIC).
Additionally non-profit organizations sometimes also offer aid for elderly, pregnant women as well as a number of other groups.
If you’re struggling to make ends meet with children in your household and no income, there is financial help available from various programs. The Child Tax Credit is one popular option that aims to provide monthly payments to eligible families to help them out during these trying times.
Make sure you check the eligibility requirements on IRS’s website or consider reaching out to social services organizations depending on what options best suits your needs.
- Q: Can I qualify for the Child Tax Credit if I have no income? A: Yes, you can still qualify for the Child Tax Credit even if you have zero taxable income as long as you meet certain requirements such as living in the U.S. and having a qualifying child who is under 17 years old.
- Q: How do I apply for the Child Tax Credit with no income? A: Even if you don’t have any taxable income, you may still need to file a tax return to claim the Child Tax Credit. You can do this online through IRS Free File or by filling out Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR.
- Q: What other financial assistance options are available besides the Child Tax Credit? A: If you’re struggling financially and need additional help beyond what’s offered by the Child Tax Credit, there are various programs that provide financial assistance such as Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Additionally, some nonprofit organizations offer grants and emergency funds to families in need. Contact your local social service agency or community organization to learn more about these resources.