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IRS Adds Address Change Feature to Child Tax Credit Portal

August 24, 2021

Families…you’ll want to read up on a new feature the IRS has added to the online child tax credit portal.

Attention families…recently, the IRS introduced two online tools to help you monitor and manage your monthly advance payments of the child tax credit, which we cover in this blog IRS Introduces Online Tools for Managing Child Tax Credit Payments. On Friday, August 20, the IRS added a new feature, which will allow you to update your mailing address if you opted to receive paper checks. Here’s what you should know.

What is the child tax credit?

Check out our blog, Are You Eligible for Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021? for the details, but essentially, if you have children under age 17 at the end of a calendar year, you are eligible for a tax credit of up to $3,000 per dependent child on your return (increased from $2,000), or $3,600 for a child under age 6.

What is the new address feature?

Through this new feature, families who opt to receive child tax credit payments through paper checks can update their mailing address. This will enable families to avoid mailing delays or have checks returned as undeliverable.

When should you submit changes?

The IRS is advising families to submit any changes before midnight EST on Monday, August 30th to ensure the updated address takes effect in line with the September advance payment timing (September 15th). The change will apply to the September 15th payment and all the following monthly payments (October 15, November 15 and December 15).

The IRS will use the updated address for all future correspondence.

What other features does the online portal have?

Check out our blog, but here are some highlights:

  • See your eligibility and payment history
  • Unenroll from advance payments (some may choose to do this so they can receive a lump sum when they file their return next year. This unenroll feature is also helpful to any family that no longer qualifies for the child tax credit or believes they will not qualify when they file their 2021 return.)
  • Check the status of payments
  • Update personal, mailing and banking information

Questions on the child tax credit portal? Reach out to us at any time

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