Child Tax Credit - CTC Calculator

The 2021 Child Tax Credit was a refundable tax credit. This calculator not only informs you if a person qualifies as a dependent on your 2021 Tax Return, but also if you qualify for the Child Tax Credit or the Other Dependent Credit. Based on the age of the qualifying dependent as of December 31, 2021, you will see if they qualify as a dependent, the estimated amount of the Child Tax Credit you can expect, the estimated Credit for Other Dependents, and the Child and Dependent Care Credit amount.

Important: the enhanced 2021 CTC amounts and qualifications do not apply for 2022. We are updating this tool to reflect these changes.

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Child Tax Credit Calculator
Find out if you can claim the Child Tax Credit or the Other Dependents Credit.

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Is the person a United States citizen, U.S. national, or a resident alien with a valid SSN, ITIN, or ATIN and was born on or before December 31, 2021? More Qualifying Details.
How is this person related to you? Relationship Details.
Was the child under the age of 18 as of Dec. 31 of the tax year? Dependents and Age.
Was Your Child:
  • - Under age 19?
  • - A student under age 24?
  • - Permanently or totally disabled at any age?
  • If any of the above are true, click on Yes below.
Did the child live with you for more than half of the year?
Did the child provide more than half of his or her own support for the year?
Did the child file a joint tax return?
Is the person a qualifying dependent of any other taxpayer?
Did the person live with you all year as a member of your household?
Was the person's gross income for the year
MORE than $4,300? Qualifying Relative Income.
Did you provide more than half - 50% plus -
of the person's total support for the year? Support Details.
Did you have earned income during the tax year? Details on Earned Income.
Did you pay expenses for the care of your dependent to allow you to work or look for work? Dependent Care Expense Details.
Are you excluding or deducting at least $3,000 of dependent care benefits for this dependent?
Were your dependent care payments made to:
  • - Someone you or your spouse could claim as a dependent?
  • - Your spouse?
  • - The parent of your qualifying child who is under age 14?
  • - Your child who was under age 19 at the end of the tax year?
Select your Filing Status
Do you know the care provider’s name, address, and identifying number? Or if not, did you make a reasonable effort to get this information through due diligence?
Here are your results:
Is this person your dependent and can they be included on your tax return?
Does this person qualify for the Child Tax Credit, worth up to $3,600 per child?
Does this person qualify for the Credit for Other Dependents, worth up to $500 per person?
Can you claim the Dependent Care Credit for this person, worth up to $8,000?
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