Family Financial Relief: Available Tax Credits for Families with Children
Are there any tax credits available for families with children?
Yes, there are several tax credits and deductions available for families with children in the United States:
Child Tax Credit (CTC): The Child Tax Credit provides up to $3,600 per qualifying child under 6, and $3,000 for children ages 6-17. These amounts are gradually reduced for couples earning over $150,000 and individuals earning over $75,000 a year. As of 2021, the Child Tax Credit is fully refundable, so even families who owe no tax can receive full credit.
Child and Dependent Care Credit: If you pay for child care to enable you to work or look for work, you may qualify for a credit ranging from 20-35% of up to $3,000 of the childcare expenses you pay during the year for a child under 13, or $6,000 for two or more children under 13.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): The EITC is a benefit for working families with low to moderate income. The credit reduces the amount of tax you owe and may even provide a refund. The EITC is dependent on income and the number of children in the family, but families with three or more qualifying children could get a maximum credit of up to $6,728 for the tax year 2021.
Education Credits: There are two credits available, The American Opportunity Credit, and the Lifetime Learning Credit, for people who pay higher education costs. The American Credit is partially refundable while the Lifetime Learning Credit is non-refundable.
Remember, tax laws can be complex and change frequently, so always consult with a tax professional to ensure you're getting the maximum benefits.