When will child tax credit payments end? Key dates and deadlines to remember

Next week, the third child tax credit check will be sent to millions of families. Once the Sept. 15 payment goes out, there will only be three checks left in 2021. To recap: Every month between July and December, the IRS sends an advance partial payment to households with qualifying dependents; it will issue the rest of the credit in 2022 alongside tax refunds.

There’s a collection of online tools you can use to manage your payments. There are also monthly deadlines that you’ll need to meet if you want to make any changes before the next check arrives. For example, the last day to update your mailing address or direct deposit info before the October check is Oct. 4. That’s also the next deadline to opt out of the remaining advance payments this year and get more cash next year instead.

Read on to help mark your calendar for future payment dates and unenrollment deadlines. If you need to add more dependents to your account or update your income data, you should be able to use the Update Portal to make those changes later this month. Here are three reasons why you may want to unenroll from the monthly payment program and what to do if you’ve received the wrong payment amount.

When are the rest of the 2021 child tax credit checks?

Counting September’s batch, the IRS has four more rounds of payments to send to those who qualify. The IRS has sent more than $30 billion in the July and August rounds of payments, and 80% of those were direct deposits; the rest went out as checks in the mail.

Here are the send dates to keep track of for the payments for September through December and then the one in 2022:

  • Sept. 15
  • Oct. 15
  • Nov. 15
  • Dec. 15 (last payment of 2021)
  • Tax season 2022 (remainder of money)

When will the other part of the credit arrive?

After you receive whatever payments the IRS sends you this year, the remainder of your money will come with your tax refund in 2022, after you file your tax return next tax season. While the IRS did extend the 2020 and 2021 tax seasons due to the pandemic, you typically have from the end of January to April 15 to file…Read more>>


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