September 8, 2022

Child Tax Credits Available to Be Claimed

The Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Pennsylvania Key have issued a reminder that certain individuals may still be able to receive their unclaimed Child Tax Credit if they have not filed taxes this year.

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Individuals who did not file federal income taxes for the 2021 tax year are still eligible to collect their Child Tax Credit, in addition to any missing amount of your third stimulus payment.

Individuals who don’t typically file taxes can use a simplified tax filing tool created by Code for America in collaboration with the White House and U.S. Department of Treasury. This tool is for people who do not have a filing requirement to file a simplified tax return and enables people to claim the Child Tax Credit and third stimulus payment (up to $5,000 per eligible child). This form usually takes about 15 minutes to complete and does not require any tax documents.


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.