Child Tax Credit Eligibility

If you are a parent, you may be eligible to receive the Child Tax credit. The Child Tax credit is a tax credit that provides a credit to low to moderate-income household with children. It was designed to help reduce the amount taxes paid by families raising children. If the family does not owe taxes, then the tax credit will come in the form of a refund.


In order to be eligible to tax the Child Tax credit, four areas must be met. They are as follows:

  • Have qualifying children
  • Federal income tax is more than zero
  • Income falls within guidelines
  • File income tax using one of the following forms: 1040, 1040A, or 1040 NR

Qualifying Children

In order for your children to be consider qualifying they must either:

  • under 17
  • must be biological, step, or foster child
  • live with you for more than half the year
  • claimed as a dependent on your taxes
  • be a U.S. citizen, national or resident alien

Qualifying Income

For your income to qualify, your gross income must be no more than $110,000 per year, if you are married and filing joint returns. For a single, head of household or widow, the maximum income level is $75,000 per year, or $55,000 if you are married and separated.

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