Some families will be eligible to receive a lump sum payment for their children on Dec. 15.
Many families did not meet the requirements to need to file taxes in 2019 and 2020, meaning the IRS missed them when finding who to send child tax credits out to.
Now, these same families may be entitled to the first half of the child tax credit, worth up to $1,800. They can also file taxes in 2022 to collect the second half.
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How are some families getting $1,800 for the Dec. child tax credit payment?
Families getting that lump sum opted in right before the deadline, Nov. 15.
The credits were claimed using an online tool called GetCTC.org.
They used their Social Security number of taxpayer ID number to login.
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The portal made it so those claiming the payments at the last minute could get all of the payments they had missed out on at once.
Non-filers that opted in will need to file a tax return in 2022 to claim the second half of the credits.
Everyone who has been getting the payments regularly can expect their sixth and final payment for 2021 this month.
Children under age 6 are eligible for $300 payments and children between the ages of 6 and 17 are eligible for $250 payments.
Related: Will the IRS take my child tax credits if I owe back taxes, student loans, or child support?
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