How to claim Child Tax Credit and Stimulus payments

The final day to claim your Child Tax Credit and Stimulus Payment is November 17 for most states. If you haven’t received anything yet, it’s time to figure out why and act on it. Read more below.


by Aline Barbosa

Published on 11/16/2022

Learn what you can do if you’ve never received the money for your Child Tax Credit and Stimulus payments.

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Last day for filing tax returns is tomorrow. Source: Adobe Stock.

If you still haven’t got your Child Tax Credit or Stimulus money, the final day to claim them is tomorrow. In October, the IRS reported that millions of eligible families still hadn’t claimed their payments for the benefit. If that’s your case, you need to act soon or you’ll end up without it. 

Many families are still waiting on payments either because they haven’t filed a tax return or because they need more time to file one. The IRS determines a person’s eligibility for both benefits by using tax returns. If you’re eligible for Child Tax Credit or Stimulus payments, the final deadline is tomorrow. 

So keep reading to learn more details about the deadline of when you need to submit your tax returns. That way you can have access to any Child Tax Credit or Stimulus payments owed to you.

When is the deadline to claim Child Tax Credit and Stimulus payments?

To know when the deadline for Child Tax Credit and Stimulus payments is, first you need to know if you’re required to file a tax return. This requirement is usually waived for people who earn less than $12,500 a year or file single. 

If that’s not your case, then you have until 11:59 p.m. on November 17 to fill and submit a simplified tax return and claim your Child Tax Credit and Stimulus payments. For people who are required to submit tax returns, the deadline was October 17. Which was also the last day to fill out the form to avoid penalties for late-filing. 

If you live in an area that’s covered by Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declarations, the deadline was November 15. However, if you were affected by a recent natural disaster, there’s an extended period to file your simplified tax returns, which is February 15, 2023. 

Didn’t get the money even after filing your tax returns?

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Here’s what to do if you already filed your taxes. Source: Adobe Stock.

If you’re owed the payments even after filing your taxes in 2022, there are a couple of other things that could be getting in the way. Some of these things may be:

  • You have no internet access;
  • You don’t have a bank account to your name;
  • This was the first time you filled a tax return;
  • You live in a mixed-status household;
  • You haven’t updated your address with USPS or the IRS.

However, if none of the reasons listed above apply to your situation, you can file a payment trace by mailing Form 3911 or calling the IRS at 800-919-9835.

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About the author

Aline Barbosa

Aline Barbosa is an editor, writer and learning-enthusiast. Passionate about music, books and human behavior. Curious about the unknown. Believer that learning is a life-long process.

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