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IRS hosting tax return filing events to help families get Advance Child Tax Credit payments

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Need help filing a 2020 tax return so you can get Advance Child Tax Credit payments? The IRS and community groups in 12 metro areas are holding events to help you do just that.

In a few weeks, the Internal Revenue Service will start sending out advance payments of the Child Tax Credit. The early credit amounts will go out automatically to taxpayers who, based on their 2019 or 2020 tax filing data in the IRS system, qualify for the family-friendly tax break.

But not everyone who's eligible for the Child Tax Credit, which generally will be $300 a month for each child age 5 or younger and $250 for children ages 6 through 17, had to file a Form 1040 for those years.

In order for them to get the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) payments, these eligible families must either provide their information to the IRS using the agency's online Non-filer Sign-up Tool, or they must file a 2020 tax return.

In-person Child Tax Credit filing help: For those who prefer to take the return filing route, the IRS is hosting AdvCTC Free Tax Prep Days and Child Tax Credit outreach events in 12 metropolitan areas.

Volunteers representing local nonprofits, churches, community groups and other organizations will be available at these events to help individuals file 2020 tax returns. IRS personnel will host similar sessions at Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) in the cities.

Below are the locations, dates and times, and groups that will be helping folks with their filings in order to get the AdvCTC payments:

Atlanta, Georgia

Brooklyn, New York

Detroit, Michigan

June 25
from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET and
June 26
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET at

June 25
from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET and
July 9
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET at

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
on both days at

United Way of Greater Atlanta
The Mall West End
850 Oak Street SW
Atlanta GA 30310

COJO Flatbush
1523 Avenue M, Third Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11230

IRS TAC
500 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET both days at

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET both days at

 

IRS TAC
Peachtree Summit
Federal Building
401 W Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

IRS TAC
Ted Weiss Federal Building
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

 

Houston, Texas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Los Angeles, California

June 25 and July 9
from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. CT
on both days at

June 25
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT at

June 25
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT at

Baker Ripley
6500 Rookin, Bldg. C
Houston, TX 77074

Nevada Free Taxes Coalition (NFTC)
501 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 88901

Barrio Action Youth & Family Center
4927 Huntington Dr. North
Suite 200
Los Angeles 90032

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT
on both days at

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT
on both days at

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT
on both days at

IRS TAC
George Thomas Mickey
Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002

IRS TAC
110 City Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89106

IRS TAC
9350 East Flair Dr.
El Monte, CA 91731

Miami, Florida

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 25 and July 9
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET
on both days at

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT
on both days at 

June 25 and July 9
from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
on both days at 

Haitian Neighborhood Center, Inc.
13390 West Dixie Highway
North Miami, FL 33161

IRS TAC
211 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

The Campaign for Working Families
1425 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19130

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
on both days at

 

June 25 and July 9
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET
on both days at

IRS TAC
Claude Pepper Federal Building
51 SW First Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

 

1415 N. Broad Street
Suite Ste 223
Philadelphia, PA, 19130

   

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
on both days at

   

IRS TAC
William J. Green, Jr.
Federal Building
600 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phoenix, Arizona

St. Louis, Missouri

Washington, D.C. and
Suburban Maryland 

July 9
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT at

June 25 and 26 and
July 9 and 10
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT
on all days at

June 25 and 26
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
on both days at

Mesa Community College
MCC Downtown Center
165 N. Centennial Way, Room 110
Mesa, AZ 85201  

MCTC – St. Louis Community Tax Coalition
Central Baptist Church
2843 Washington Avenue
St Louis, MO 63103 

Casa De Maryland,
Langley Park
8151 15th Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20783  

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT
on both days at

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT
on both days at

July 9 and 10
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
on both days at

IRS TAC
4041 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012

IRS TAC
Robert A. Young Federal Building
1222 Spruce Street
St Louis, MO 63103

Casa De Maryland, Rockville
14645 Rothgeb Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

   

June 26 and July 10
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
on both days at

   

IRS TAC
77 K Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002


What you need to bring:
If you're unsure about whether you qualify for the early tax credit cash, you can check your eligibility by using the IRS' online Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant.

If that indicates you do qualify for the AdvCTC and you are not in the tax system, then you need to sign up as soon as possible. Again, you can do that yourself, either by using the non-filer registration tool or by filing a return.

If you opt to file a 2020 return and are comfortable doing that on your own, the IRS recommends you do so electronically so that it will be processed more quickly. If you made $72,000 or less in 2020, you can e-file your return using Free File.

If, however, you want help filing, then head to the AdvCTC Free Tax Prep Day event near you. To make that process as easy as possible, the IRS encourages you to bring the following information:

  1. Social Security numbers for your children,
  2. Social Security numbers or Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) for yourself and, if married, spouse,
  3. Your mailing address,
  4. An email address, and
  5. Bank account information if you want the AdvCTC payments directly deposited.

Added tax work payoff: Yes, it takes some additional effort to get the Child Tax Credit payments early. But for some, it could make a big difference, especially given three enhancements made to the tax break as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the latest COVID relief plan that became law in March.

First, instead of the usual $2,000 per qualifying child, the total credit for the 2021 tax year is $3,600 for each child younger than 6 and $3,000 for those ages 6 through 17.

Second, the Child Tax Credit also was made fully refundable. As a tax credit, the amount will offset any tax you owe. As a refundable credit, if you have any excess credit left after it erases your tax bill, then you get that amount back as a refund. All of it in 2021. Previously, only a portion of the Child Tax Credit was refundable.

And third, there's the added the advance payment option. Rather than making families wait until 2022 to claim the credit when they file their 2021 tax returns, ARPA authorized the IRS to send half the overall credit amount to eligible taxpayers this year.

The monthly payments, either $300 or $250 depending on the age of the qualifying children, will be distributed on July 15, Aug. 13, Sept. 15, Oct. 15, Nov. 15, an Dec. 15.

Then next year, taxpayers eligible for the Child Tax Credit can claim the remainder of the credit when they file their returns.

But that's months away. Now, if you qualify, want the advance payments, and aren't already in the IRS system, register or file a return.

And if you want face-to-face filing help, then mark your calendar for the AdvCTC Free Tax Prep Day event in your area.

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