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Pandemic financial aid and tax credit for children: how to correctly indicate all this in the declaration for 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released information on how to indicate payments in connection with the pandemic and benefits for children in the declaration for 2021, reports KTLA.

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The 2021 tax filing deadline is still a few months away, but December 7 IRS urged taxpayers to start preparing their tax returns. This is especially true for those who may need to take action on certain payments from the federal government. These include both financial aid payments and advance tax credits for children.

Here's what the IRS wants taxpayers to know about both programs.

Financial aid payments

The third and final round of federal payments due to the pandemic began in March 2021. Some eligible people received nothing or received less than the full $ 1400 per person.

According to the IRS press release, they may be eligible for a refund of these paymentsif their 2021 tax information is subject to income cap requirements for participation in the financial aid program of the federal government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Anyone who believes they are eligible for such a loan must file their 2021 tax return, whether or not they usually do so. On the return, they must indicate any amounts of financial aid they received so that the IRS can figure out how much they still owe.

More information on the Coronavirus Bonus Tax Credit can also be found here.

Payments for tax benefits for children

Payments on tax credit for children began arriving in the tens of millions of eligible families in mid-July and is paid in six monthly installments until the end of 2021 (the last payment is scheduled for December 15).

Families received up to $ 300 monthly for each child under 6 and $ 250 for each child between 6 and 17.

However, because these amounts were based on 2019 or 2020 tax returns - whichever was the last one reported by the IRS - some people may have received more or less of what they were actually entitled to that year.

The IRS warns that anyone who received in excess of their due may be required to return some or even all of the payments. On the other hand, people who receive less can claim the remaining amount when filing their 2021 return.

Since only the first six months of the Child Tax Credit have been paid upfront, the second half (for the remaining 6 months of the year) will be available upon filing the 2021 tax return. Some parents have completely waived upfront payments for assistance and will be able to claim a lump sum payment of the amount owed to them after filing a return.

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Ultimately, according to the IRS website, “families that receive advance payments will need to compare advance payments of the tax credit for children, which they received in 2021, with the amount of this tax credit to which they are entitled at the end of 2021. More information on matching these two parameters can be found here.

IRS created special page for taxpayers, which describes the steps you can take to simplify the process of filing tax documents next year.

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