Guide to receiving the new Child Tax Credit

The new Child Tax Credit will have a substantial impact on the families living in poverty in Rhode Island, and we want to make sure you know exactly what you may need to do to receive yours.


Congress introduced the Child Tax Credit for low and middle-income families in March as part of the American Rescue Plan. Starting this month on July 15th, families will receive half of the tax credit for 2021 in monthly installments.


Households with children 5 and younger will receive monthly payments of $300 per child. Households with children ages 6-17 will receive $250 a month per child.


To get full credit, single parents must earn less than $112,500 per year, and couples must earn less than $150,000 per year.


Families that filed their tax returns in 2019 or 2020 will receive the money through the mail or direct deposit-- with no actions required.


Those families who didn’t file tax returns in either of those years and didn't sign up for the stimulus payments must go to this website and provide additional information through the non-filer tool to receive the child tax credit.