Begin Main Content Area

​Advance Child Credit Tax Payments 2021

Important changes have been made to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that will help many Pennsylvania families receive advance payments starting this summer. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for tax year 2021 only. By filing federal income taxes with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), Pennsylvania familes with children could qualify for the expanded Child Tax Credit, which will provide up to $3,600 per child.

How do I qualify for the Child Tax Credit? 

Filing taxes is the only way to claim the stimulus payments. Families with children need to file taxes in order to receive the new expanded child tax credit. The IRS will start paying the child tax credit benefits monthly in July 2021, but families need to have filed taxes in order to get these benefits. 

How much will my family receive?

Families can get $250 to $300 a month per child from July 2021 through December 2021, even if they don’t have earnings, but they have to file taxes in order to get those benefits.

Does the Child Tax Credit count against my benefits?

The stimulus funds do not count as income or assets in determining eligibility for benefits, and people should not be discouraged from accessing these stimulus payments. Pennsylvanians who receive Medicaid, disability benefits, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or other federal needs-based benefits do not need to worry about the effect on benefits for receiving stimulus funds, as these funds do not count as income or assets in determining eligibility for benefits. Additionally, the stimulus is not meant to be a rent rebate for residents of long-term care facilities, and concerns or complaints about keeping your stimulus payment should be directed to DHS' Assisted Living Complaint Hotline at 877-401-8835.