Advanced Child Tax Credit
There are likely to be many questions related to the advanced child tax credit and the stimulus payments from January 2021. Following are some important details you’ll need as you get your tax return ready.
Advance CTC letter 6419: In late December 2021, and continuing into January, the IRS started sending letters to people who received advance CTC payments. The letter says, “2021 Total Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) Payments” near the top and, “Letter 6419” on the bottom righthand side of the page. Here’s what people need to know:
- The letter contains important information that can help ensure the tax return is accurate.
- People who received advance CTC payments can also check the amount of the payments they received by using the CTC Update Portal available on IRS.gov.
- Eligible taxpayers who received advance Child Tax Credit payments should file a 2021 tax return to receive the second half of the credit. Eligible taxpayers who did not receive advance Child Tax Credit payments can claim the full credit by filing a tax return.
Third Economic Impact Payment letter 6475: In late January 2022, the IRS will begin issuing letters to people who received a third payment in late January 2021. The letter says, “Your Third Economic Impact Payment” near the top and, “Letter 6475” on the bottom righthand side of the page. Here’s what people need to know:
- Most eligible people already received their stimulus payments. This letter will help individuals determine if they are eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) for missing stimulus payments.
- People who are eligible for RRC must file a 2021 tax return to claim their remaining stimulus amount.
- People can also use IRS online account to view their Economic Impact Payment amounts.
Both letters – 6419 and 6475 – include important information that can help people file an accurate 2021 tax return. If a return includes errors or is incomplete, it may require further review while the IRS corrects the error, which may slow the tax refund. Using this information when preparing a tax return electronically can reduce errors and avoid delays in processing.
If you would like assistance in completing your tax return to ensure these details are correct, please contact us here.
Will Ellis CFP, Tax Advisor
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