Benefit Details
Child Tax Credit
Managing Agency U.S. Department of the Treasury

Program Description

The Child Tax Credit program can reduce the Federal tax you owe by $1,000 for each qualifying child under the age of 17.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, the child you are claiming the credit for must be a son, daughter, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew). An adopted child is always treated as your own child. An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

No application is needed to use this program. However, you must file your taxes using the guidelines posted on the Schedule 8812 (Form 1040 or 1040A, Child tax Credit page.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the Child Tax Credit at a Glance page, or