The latest child tax credit payment of the 2021 has been sent to taxpayers that qualify for the advanced payments. If you’re anticipating a check as opposed to getting the advanced payments direct deposited
into your bank account, you might have to wait for a little longer while.
Because over 36 million payments are issued every month for the advanced payments of the child tax credit, it increases the load of the USPS, and it might take a little longer than expected. However, there is also the case with taxpayers not receiving their advanced child tax credit payments at all for any of the months since the IRS started sending them out.
What to do if you never received child tax credit payment
There are a few actions you can take if you’ve never received a child tax credit payment even though you’re eligible and enrolled for them.
Firstly, see if you enrolled in the advanced payments of the child tax credit at all. If you haven’t enrolled, you can use the child tax credit online tool at the IRS website to start receiving the advanced payments.
If you were enrolled but never received any of the payments so far, you might get all of them in one payment in December. For example, when receiving December’s payment, you might get the payment for the previous months – July, August, September, October, November, and December.
This can mean you’ll get about $1,800 at once, and the amount of the advanced payment is one of the reasons why many are calling this a fourth stimulus. As it’s pretty apparent, the Internal Revenue Service is sending these payments as an advanced payment of the child tax credit you’re eligible to claim on your federal income tax return. The more qualifying children you have, the more you’ll get, and the longer you haven’t received these payments – again – the more you’ll get.
Enroll in child tax credit payments
We’ve covered this in detail in one of our previous articles. Learn how to enroll in advanced payments of the child tax credit. For every child between the ages of 6 and 18, you get $3,000 with the updated child tax credit. For children under age 6, the payment is increased to $3,600 just as the base amount of the credit is jumped from $2,000 to $3,000.