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Irsfreetax 34. Irsfreetax Child Tax Credit Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Child Amount of CreditLimits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Additional Child Tax Credit Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040)Part I Parts II–IV Introduction The child tax credit is a credit that may reduce your tax by as much as $1,000 for each of your qualifying children. Irsfreetax The additional child tax credit is a credit you may be able to take if you are not able to claim the full amount of the child tax credit. Irsfreetax This chapter explains the following. Irsfreetax Who is a qualifying child. Irsfreetax The amount of the credit. Irsfreetax How to claim the credit. Irsfreetax The child tax credit and the additional child tax credit should not be confused with the child and dependent care credit discussed in chapter 32. Irsfreetax If you have no tax. Irsfreetax Credits, such as the child tax credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses, are used to reduce tax. Irsfreetax If your tax on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is zero, do not figure the child tax credit because there is no tax to reduce. Irsfreetax However, you may qualify for the additional child tax credit on line 65 (Form 1040) or line 39 (Form 1040A). Irsfreetax Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 972 Child Tax Credit Form (and Instructions) Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Child Tax Credit W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you , later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. Irsfreetax S. Irsfreetax citizen, a U. Irsfreetax S. Irsfreetax national, or a resident of the United States. Irsfreetax If the child was adopted, see Adopted child , later. Irsfreetax For each qualifying child you must check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c. Irsfreetax Example 1. Irsfreetax Your son turned 17 on December 30, 2013. Irsfreetax He is a citizen of the United States and you claimed him as a dependent on your return. Irsfreetax He is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because he was not under age 17 at the end of 2013. Irsfreetax Example 2. Irsfreetax Your daughter turned 8 years old in 2013. Irsfreetax She is not a citizen of the United States, has an ITIN, and lived in Mexico all of 2013. Irsfreetax She is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because she was not a resident of the United States for 2013. Irsfreetax Filers who have certain child dependents with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Irsfreetax If you are claiming a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a child you identified on your tax return with an ITIN instead of an SSN, you must complete Part I of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040). Irsfreetax Although a child may be your dependent, you may only claim a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a dependent who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States. Irsfreetax To be treated as a resident of the United States, a child generally will need to meet the requirements of the substantial presence test. Irsfreetax For more information about the substantial presence test, see Publication 519, U. Irsfreetax S. Irsfreetax Tax Guide for Aliens. Irsfreetax Adopted child. Irsfreetax An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Irsfreetax An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Irsfreetax If you are a U. Irsfreetax S. Irsfreetax citizen or U. Irsfreetax S. Irsfreetax national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household in 2013, that child meets condition (7) above to be a qualifying child for the child tax credit. Irsfreetax Exceptions to time lived with you. Irsfreetax A child is considered to have lived with you for more than half of 2013 if the child was born or died in 2013 and your home was this child's home for more than half the time he or she was alive. Irsfreetax Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as for school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. Irsfreetax There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. Irsfreetax For details, see Residency Test in chapter 3. Irsfreetax Qualifying child of more than one person. Irsfreetax A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. Irsfreetax For details, see Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person in chapter 3. Irsfreetax Amount of Credit The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. Irsfreetax Limits on the Credit You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2) applies. Irsfreetax The amount on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is less than the credit. Irsfreetax If this amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. Irsfreetax But you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. Irsfreetax See Additional Child Tax Credit , later. Irsfreetax Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. Irsfreetax Married filing jointly - $110,000. Irsfreetax Single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) - $75,000. Irsfreetax Married filing separately - $55,000. Irsfreetax Modified AGI. Irsfreetax For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is your AGI plus the following amounts that may apply to you. Irsfreetax Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from Puerto Rico. Irsfreetax On the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 38, enter the amount excluded and identify it as “EPRI. Irsfreetax ” Also attach a copy of any Form(s) 499R-2/W-2PR to your return. Irsfreetax Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Irsfreetax Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Irsfreetax Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. Irsfreetax If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. Irsfreetax AGI. Irsfreetax Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22. Irsfreetax Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Irsfreetax You cannot claim the child tax credit on Form 1040EZ. Irsfreetax You must provide the name and identification number (usually a social security number) on your tax return for each qualifying child. Irsfreetax If you claim the child tax credit with a child identified by an ITIN, you must also file Schedule 8812. Irsfreetax To figure your credit, first review the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your Form 1040 or 1040A instructions. Irsfreetax If you are instructed to use Publication 972, you may not use the worksheet in your tax return instructions; instead, you must use Publication 972 to figure the credit. Irsfreetax If you are not instructed to use Publication 972, you may use the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your Form 1040 or 1040A instructions or Publication 972 to figure the credit. Irsfreetax Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. Irsfreetax The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. Irsfreetax How to claim the additional child tax credit. Irsfreetax To claim the additional child tax credit, follow the steps below. Irsfreetax Make sure you figured the amount, if any, of your child tax credit. Irsfreetax See Claiming the Credit , earlier. Irsfreetax If you answered “Yes” on line 9 or line 10 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions, or line 13 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in Publication 972, use Parts II through IV of Schedule 8812 to see if you can take the additional child tax credit. Irsfreetax If you have an additional child tax credit on line 13 of Schedule 8812, carry it to Form 1040, line 65, or Form 1040A, line 39. Irsfreetax Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Schedule 8812 contains four parts, but can really be thought of as two sections. Irsfreetax Part I is distinct and separate from Parts II–IV. Irsfreetax If all your children are identified by social security numbers or IRS adoption taxpayer identification numbers and you are not claiming the additional child tax credit, you do not need to complete or attach Schedule 8812 to your tax return. Irsfreetax Part I You only need to complete Part I if you are claiming the child tax credit for a child identified by an IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Irsfreetax When completing Part I, only answer the questions with regard to children identified by an ITIN; you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812 for any child that is identified by a social security number (SSN) or an IRS adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). Irsfreetax If all the children for whom you checked the box in column 4 of line 6c on your Form 1040 or Form 1040A are identified by an SSN or an ATIN, you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812. Irsfreetax Parts II–IV Parts II–IV help you figure your additional child tax credit. Irsfreetax Generally, you should only complete Parts II–IV if you are instructed to do so after completing the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your tax return instructions or Publication 972. Irsfreetax See How to claim the additional child tax credit , earlier. Irsfreetax Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
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Irsfreetax Index A Assistance (see Tax help) C Carryback period, When To Use an NOL Carryback, waiving, Waiving the Carryback Period Carryforward period, When To Use an NOL Carryover from 2012 to 2013 Estates and trusts, Estates and trusts. Irsfreetax Worksheet instructions, Worksheet Instructions Claiming an NOL deduction, How To Claim an NOL Deduction D Deducting a carryback, Deducting a Carryback Deducting a carryforward, Deducting a Carryforward Domestic production activities deduction, Domestic production activities deduction (line 23). Irsfreetax , Modified taxable income. Irsfreetax E Eligible loss, Eligible loss. Irsfreetax F Farming business, Farming business. Irsfreetax Farming loss, Farming loss. Irsfreetax Figuring an NOL Capital losses, Adjustments for capital losses (lines 19–22). Irsfreetax Carryover, How To Figure an NOL Carryover Form 1045, Schedule A, Form 1045, Schedule A. Irsfreetax NOL deduction, NOLs from other years (line 24). Irsfreetax Nonbusiness deductions, Nonbusiness deductions (line 6). Irsfreetax Nonbusiness income, Nonbusiness income (line 7). Irsfreetax Filing status, change in, Change in Filing Status Form 1045, Schedule A, Form 1045, Schedule A. Irsfreetax Form 1045, Schedule B, Form 1045, Schedule B. Irsfreetax Forms and schedules Form 1040X, Form 1040X. Irsfreetax Form 1045, Form 1045. Irsfreetax Form 1045, Schedule A, Form 1045, Schedule A. Irsfreetax Form 1045, Schedule B, Form 1045, Schedule B. Irsfreetax Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Irsfreetax Future developments, Reminders H Help (see Tax help) How to carry an NOL back or forward, How To Carry an NOL Back or Forward How to figure an NOL, How To Figure an NOL I Illustrated forms and schedules Form 1045, Illustrated Form 1045 Form 1045, Schedule A, Illustrated Form 1045, Schedule A Form 1045, Schedule B, Form 1045, Schedule B. Irsfreetax M Marital status, change in, Change in Marital Status Missing children, photographs of, Reminders Modified taxable income, Modified taxable income. Irsfreetax N NOL resulting in no taxable income, NOL resulting in no taxable income. Irsfreetax NOL year, Introduction, NOL year. Irsfreetax P Publications (see Tax help) Q Qualified disaster loss, Qualified disaster loss. Irsfreetax Qualified small business, Qualified small business. Irsfreetax R Refiguring tax, Refiguring your tax. Irsfreetax S Specified liability loss, Specified liability loss. Irsfreetax Steps in figuring NOL, NOL Steps T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help W Waiving the 10-year carryback, Waiving the 10-year carryback. Irsfreetax Waiving the 5-year carryback, Waiving the 5-year carryback. Irsfreetax Waiving the carryback period, Waiving the Carryback Period When to use an NOL, When To Use an NOL Worksheet (Continued), Carryover from 2012 to 2013, Prev Up Home More Online Publications