Child tax credit: Get the rest of your money with this letter from the IRS

IRS letter 6419 shows the amount of child tax credit you received in 2021.

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Completed child tax credit advance payments in December 2021, but families can still expect remaining half of funds expected from credit expansion when they get their tax refunds this season. If you’ve elected not to receive advance payments, you can expect much more: up to $3,600 per child under age 6 or $3,000 per child age 6-17.

To ensure you get your full child tax credit, be on the lookout for a specific notice from the IRS in the mail — Letter 6419, advance 2021 CTC. The IRS began sending copies of this letter in late December and will continue to send others throughout January. The agency urges you to save the letter, as you will need it when you file your 2021 taxes.

Unfortunately, the IRS has warned that some letters may contain incorrect information, which could surely complicate the tax return. The IRS has suggested that taxpayers who moved or changed bank accounts in December may be affected and should log into their IRS account online to confirm their details. The agency pointed out that the IRS website has specific information about child tax credit payments.

Find out what letter 6419 contains and why you shouldn’t throw it away. For more information, here is everything you need to know about the next child tax credit payment. Also, learn if you might have to repay child tax credit money and what if you have problems with a missing payment.

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What information does IRS letter 6419 contain?

The letter from the IRS – called Letter 6419 – contains important information that can help you when preparing your taxes. The notice will show the amount of child tax credit you received in 2021 and the number of eligible dependents used to calculate your total amount.

You will need to cross check the information to ensure it is still correct. For example, if you had a baby since the last time you filed your taxes, the IRS would not have counted this dependent in determining how much you are entitled to. Therefore, you will need to ensure that your information is up to date when you file your tax return.

What if you never get a letter from the IRS?

If you haven’t received a letter yet, keep an eye on your mailbox as the IRS is still working to send them. However, if you still haven’t received a notification by the time you’re ready to file your tax return, there could be a problem. For example, you may have moved and the agency does not yet have your current mailing address.

If you do not receive a letter by the time you have to prepare your return, you will have to either use the child tax credit portals to confirm your information or contact the IRS directly by mail or by phone at 800-829-1040. If you contact the IRS by mail, expect to wait at least 30 days for a response.

What if you accidentally lose or throw away that letter from the IRS?

The IRS urges everyone not to discard letter 6419, as it is needed to confirm the amount of child tax credit advance payments and the number and ages of your children. If, however, you got rid of it or lost it accidentally, don’t panic. Your child tax credit information will be available through the child tax credit portals on the IRS website.

Opening an account on the IRS site takes some time and patience, but once you’re there, you’ll have all the information you need for the Child Tax Credit, as well as other useful information about the IRS to prepare your taxes.


The amount of child tax credit you get depends on a number of factors.

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How much child tax credit money will you get with your tax refund?

The amount of child tax credit you receive with your tax refund depends on a number of factors. For example, if you opted out of receiving monthly payments last year, the amount of money you will receive will be greater than that of someone who received each check. Monthly checks were up to $300 for children 5 and under and up to $250 for children 6 and over.

So if you qualified for the full amount and elected not to receive the payments, you could get up to $3,600 per child with your tax refund. However, if you received all six payments in 2021, you could get up to $1,800 per child, depending on your children’s ages.

If you’re still waiting for a payment to arrive due to an IRS error, that should also happen with your tax refund.

For more information, here how to contact the IRS with questions about the child tax credit. Too, you may be eligible for up to $16,000 if you paid for childcare last year.

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