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What Are Child Tax Credits?
This credit is a credit that in the year 2021 was signed to be amplified and payments were made in advance, so now the amount is larger, and it means that for each child under five years old, that is, from 0 to 5 years old that is within a family, you can receive up to $3,600 for each child.
Also, for each child between the ages of 6 and 17, you can receive up to $3,000 per child when filing a tax return.
It is important to note that there were advance payments for those who had already filed a tax return in prior years and the IRS had that information.
For those who had already filed their taxes in previous years, 50 percent of this credit was given in advance for July through December of last year.
In the case of families who may not have received these payments in advance or did not receive them at all because they had not filed a tax return, the only way to receive these refundable credits, that is, to put that money back in your pocket, is to file a tax return, and that is when you can get the rest if you received any part in 2021 or its entirety.
How Do Child Tax Credits Affect The Immigrant Community?
Mixed-status families are eligible for this credit. In the past, there has been no opportunity for these credits to be available to families with both ITIN holders and SSN (Social Security Number) holders, but in this case, they are eligible for the credit and may receive a larger refund when filing their tax return.
In short, families with children who qualify for this credit can claim it so that they have that refund in their pocket, for which they now qualify.
Can Child Tax Credits Affect My Visa Processing?
For almost 99 percent of immigration cases, it will be helpful to have done your taxes correctly in the last few years, so if you qualify for any credit you should use it.
Most people get refunds if they have been paying their taxes for the year, and if it is worth doing their taxes, although there are people who are going to have to pay a little money because for immigration cases you can prove your time, your presence in the United States and your good moral character, then it is almost always a good idea to do the taxes.
The letter that the IRS is responsible for sending as a medium, called form 6419, is a letter sent by the IRS to people who received their advance payments of the child tax credit.
This letter is about how much money was received in 2021 in advance, and it is necessary to be able to do the tax return, at the time you are doing your tax return this year in this period, we are going to need this letter.
At this point in 2022, they have already finished sending it, so you should have already received it and it is the one that is needed to know how much you received and how much is the remainder to be claimed.
It is important to think about the amount, because we at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law in the case of our clients, sometimes they are waiting for their refund to open an immigration case with us, and many families have plans with that refund money.
In case you have received that letter, it means that your refund is going to be less because a part of your refund was already paid last year, it was a program to help people during the pandemic, and that means that the amount of money that you are going to receive when you do your taxes is going to be less, so everybody should be prepared for that situation.
Income Limits For Child Tax Credits
This credit is granted for each child under 5 years of age up to $3,600, and for children from 6 to 17 years of age up to $3,000 per child.
If 2021 income is greater than the maximum STC or tax credit amount is decreasing, but the amount of $3,600 for children age 5 or younger or $3,000 for children ages 6 to 17 is given to those with a maximum income of $150,000 or less.
If you are married and file a joint return, if you file as head of household or head of household, the maximum income cannot exceed $112,500 to receive these credits in full, or if you are single or if you are married and file a separate return, $75,000 would be the maximum.
When these limits are exceeded, the amount of credit you receive begins to decrease.
How To Eligible For Child Tax Credits
Primarily you need to file a tax return, this is how you will be able to claim this credit.
Several requirements are also taken into account with the person who is doing the tax return, for example in Foundation Communities help the immigrant community for free, they will help you to determine 7 specific eligibility requirements that must be considered to qualify for this tax credit.
Among these requirements is the age, since for children it is necessary to verify the age, the family relationship, the support, who provided the child, to know who can claim the child as a dependent, the child’s citizenship, the period the child has been residing in the United States and their family.
These 7 qualifying requirements are considered to determine if you are eligible or are considered to be eligible for the child tax credit.
Can Receiving Benefits If I Am Undocumented Affect Me?
Some people think that there is some sort of communication between the IRS and the immigration agency, and they refuse to do their taxes for fear that they will report their income and that information will be sent to the immigration agency.
There are other cases where, for example, a citizen has an undocumented spouse and they do not know what to do, that spouse should be included in the taxes using his ITIN because he is undocumented and does not have social security, but he must still file his taxes.
The IRS wants to encourage the immigrant community, and everyone in the United States to pay and report their taxes, that’s what the government wants.
Since Lincoln-Goldfinch Law has never seen a case where the IRS has shared information about an immigrant to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), as to start a deportation process or to enforce immigration laws against a person who has done their taxes, because if they do that it’s going to cause a lot of fear in the immigrant community, and no one would ever turn over their taxes if that was a way between the IRS and ICE to send their information.
It is safe as an undocumented immigrant to give your information, your full name, your ITIN, your income address, and everything to the IRS because the IRS is not going to try to mess with immigration laws against a person who is doing or reporting their taxes, the IRS is not going to try to mess with the immigration laws against a person who is doing or reporting their taxes.
Can I Get These Benefits If My Green Card Has Already Been Approved?
Your taxes have to be well done and correct because if there is a mistake you have to fix the mistake if there is a fraud you have to fix the fraud.
After all, that can hurt an immigration case because the IRS is going to turn your taxes over to immigration when you are applying for a benefit with the immigration agency when you are applying for residency or citizenship.
Part of your application package will be a copy of your taxes.
For example, when someone is applying for citizenship and already has his or her permanent residency and wants to take the citizenship test, take the oath and obtain U.S. citizenship in the United States.
You have to prove your good moral character for the last 3 to 5 dependent years, if you are married to a citizen, one way to prove your good moral character and this type of case requires to show your taxes.
Any citizen, permanent resident or undocumented person, when they are reporting their income to the IRS, when they are asking for benefits like the child tax credit, anything, they must follow the rules, do their taxes right, that is why we recommend that they use the services of an organization like Foundation Communities with a person who has experience in that area, because it is something very complicated and delicate when it comes to any immigration process.
Do Stepchildren Qualify For Child Tax Credits?
You need to make the 7 qualifiers that are asked as a question to see if you can put or you can claim this credit, among them the age, the family relationship, because they can declare them as a dependent, as a qualified child, or as a qualified relative.
These questions are like a test and you check each one to see if you qualify, to see if you are a U.S. citizen or resident.
To determine the 7 eligibility requirements, age, family relationship, support, dependent status, citizenship, length of residence, and family income, and through these questions, you can determine whether or not your stepchild is eligible, remember that each case is a different situation and therefore we invite you to consult with Foundation Communities free of charge.
How Can I Get An ITIN Number If I Am Undocumented?
When a person goes to apply for the services of Foundation Communities, they not only help them file a tax return but if they don’t qualify for a social security number, what they can do is send in the W-7 application to the IRS.
This W-7 application goes hand in hand with a tax return so that this organization can apply for an ITIN that same day.
The W-7 is the form to apply for the ITIN and goes hand in hand with a tax return, the ITIN application is never sent first and then the return is sent at the same time.
This is how you can apply for this identification number so that you can file your taxes, ITIN is really for a person who does not qualify to have a social security number, and it allows you to file your taxes without any problem, regardless of whether you are undocumented in the United States.
Is Foundation Communities Reliable?
Foundation Communities is a non-profit organization, which means that their programs are 100% free for the immigrant community, and they have been offering this high-quality free tax filing service for 15 consecutive years.
They have IRS-certified preparers, so safely and reliably they are doing the right things under the law, the way it should be to not have problems with any agency.
They have Spanish speakers, they are a reliable local resource and it is very easy to find their 6 locations for you to do your taxes, you can look them up through prosperhelptax.org or ayudadeimpuestosaustin.org.
They have all the locations for you to go visit them, as they are willing to help you with your tax return.
They also have tax centers in Dallas and Arlington.
In case you have additional questions about the tax season, ITIN benefits, or about your specific case, you can contact us at (855) 502-0555. After a short 10 minute evaluation of your case over the phone we will let you know what options you have. You can also follow us on our social networks so as not to miss our weekly transmissions via Facebook, YouTube & Twitch.
Frecuently Asked Questions About Child Tax Credits