October 28, 2021

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Child Tax Credit Payments

Families can still enroll to receive the advance Child Tax Credit payments or change their information with the IRS. Families can use the CTC update portal to check their eligibility for advance payments or payment status, change their address or bank account information, and opt out of advance payments. If a married couple filed jointly, they must each make their own account and make any updates in both accounts. The ability to add children born in 2021 is not available.

What do families need to do?

Getting Ready for Next Tax Season

Families who are receiving advance CTC payments must file a tax return next year to receive the other half of the Child Tax Credit. Families will receive a letter from the IRS in January 2022 that has the total amount of advance payments they received. This letter can be used when preparing their taxes to make sure they received the correct amounts for the advance payments. Any missed payments can be claimed on their 2021 tax return.

The tax season will run from January-April, and families can make an appointment for free tax preparation by calling 2-1-1 in mid-January 2022.


Just Harvest is available answer questions over phone and email, at 412.431.8960 (choose the tax help option), or at Individual appointments are available until November 15th, 2021.