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Can new parents collect the expanded child tax credit on their 2021 tax return?

Parents are able to claim the full $3,600 for their newborn children they had in 2021 on their tax return next year.

In order to qualify, it depends on your custody arrangement, income, and number of other children.

What month your baby was born in during the year impacts what people could have done, or will do, if they collect the child tax credits.

Related: Child tax credit payments end this month, but most parents are still owed up to $1,800


How did, or do, parents get the child tax credit?

For babies born or adopted before 2021 you don’t need to do anything. The advanced payments are based on 2020 tax returns, so the IRS will know you had a child if you filed your taxes.

Babies born or adopted between Jan. 1 and July 31, 2021 could have collected the payments by using the child tax credit update portal to notify the IRS.

Babies born between July 1 and Nov. 30 also could have been added to your tax information through the update portal. Any missed payments would have been added to the month you started getting the payments.

Related: The final child tax credit payment is just over one week away, here’s what you need to know


Babies born in Dec. of 2021 will need to be claimed on 2021’s tax return. This will give parents the full $3,600 if their income and circumstances allow it.

Babies born in 2022 are not eligible for the full $3,600 during tax season next year. The only way they can get the same benefits is if the expanded child tax credit is extended beyond 2022.

This means if a child is born Dec. 31, 2021 they qualify for the full $3,600. A child born Jan. 1, 2022 does not qualify.

Related: Are you getting the December child tax credit payment? You may need to pay it back



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