There are still no plans in Congress to extend the child tax credit beyond 2021, and millions of families in the United States received their final payout this month.
As part of Joe Biden’s near-$2 trillion Build Back Better social spending program, he proposed extending this year’s expiring tax breaks through 2022.
- Families will be eligible for $3,600 per child under 5 and $3,000 per child between 6 and 17 years of age.
- The credit will be entirely refundable
- Families will receive monthly checks for the entire year of 2022.
That proposal, however, is now in a state of uncertainty after losing the support of Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, on Sunday.
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, the member stated that he was unable to support the plan because of concerns about rising inflation and the package’s cost.
According to the independent Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, this year’s additions were possibly the most bipartisan of any safety net.
When 2021 becomes 2022, here’s what you need to know about the child tax credit, including how it will look in the new year, how it may affect the 2022 tax filing season, and whether or not a continuation is likely.
Child tax credits in 2022: what they’ll look like
Child tax credits will not be abolished. But if Congress does not intervene, the program will return to its former structure in 2022, which is less generous:
Taxpayers with a tax bill that falls below the credit amount will be eligible for a 70 percent, partial refund if their income falls below $400,000 for married couples or $200,000 for all other filers (single taxpayers and heads of households).
How likely is it that Congress will increase the amount of monthly child tax credits?
Congress may still reinstate the $1,000 or $1,600 top-up and monthly payments for qualified families in the future.
For the time being, the fate of Biden’s Build Back Better proposal lies with Manchin’s support, which is unlikely in the Senate without Biden’s backing. The House of Representatives passed the package on Nov. 19 nearly four days after Vice President Joe Biden signed his $1 trillion infrastructure measure into law.
As Manchin told Fox News, “I can’t vote for this piece of legislation and I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.” Nothing has worked. I’ve tried everything.” In the end, I’m unable to make it there.”
Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, described Manchin’s comments as a “sudden and unexplainable reversal” from earlier discussions with top Democratic leaders, and the Biden administration was stunned.
Though Vice President Joe Biden has said negotiations between Manchin, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer will continue, he noted that it is doubtful that lawmakers will meet again until 2022.
“It takes time to conclude these agreements, draft legislative modifications and fulfill all the parliamentary and procedural measures required to enable a Senate vote,” the president stated in a speech on December 16.
According to a Dec. 15 New York Times report, Manchin’s primary argument for delaying the bill was the child tax credit because he was concerned about inflation and no work requirements to qualify for the checks. However, later that day, Manchin rejected those assertions to reporters on Capitol Hill.
“I’ve always supported child tax credits.” “Manchin mentioned this. “We supported it repeatedly.”
To ensure that payments will resume in January, legislators had wanted to adopt the law before Christmas. Legislators are now on a holiday recess until the end of the year, making this impossible.
“If households are used to getting some monthly child tax credit dollar amount, they can’t plan on that money coming in January,” says Mark Jaeger, vice president of tax operations at the Tax Act.
You worry that families might fall back into poverty if stimulus payments are abruptly terminated because children are being lifted out of poverty with these payments.
The impact of the increased child tax credit on the 2022 tax filing season.
When eligible families file their 2021 taxes, they will be able to claim the remaining half of the child tax credit that they are entitled to. Many will rely on your 2021 income eligibility and whether or not you choose not to get the six-monthly advanced credit payments how big of an impact that will have on you.
Even if you’ve already gotten half of it, you may see that your CTC is smaller than it used to be on your tax return if you’re eligible for the entire expansion.
Six monthly advance payments can be expected to receive $1,800 per child aged 5 and younger and $1,500 per child aged 6 to 17 on their tax return in 2021.
As a result of already claiming half the credit, you may see a drop in your tax refund when you file your taxes, Jaeger says. “You don’t want to have that feeling of letdown.”
Those who choose not to make advance payments but still qualify for the entire amount might look forward to receiving a large credit. Then, when they submit their 2021 taxes, they will be able to receive full credit. From 6 to 17-years-old, each child is entitled to $3,600 in financial help.
Mark Steber, senior vice president and chief tax information officer at Jackson Hewitt, says, “That’s a really nice, huge bonus of a refund.” If you need a safety net before we find out what the child tax credit will be in 2022, you can use that.”
Will the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demand that families repay any overpaid child tax credits?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as opposed to stimulus checks, will reconcile any overpayments. Your 2021 tax return will be used to pay back any overpayments the IRS may have missed because of your improved income or lower number of dependents in the tax year.
The increased portion of the credit was not available to all families. In order to be eligible for the additional $1,000 or $1600 in tax credits, single filers, heads of households, and married couples couldn’t make more than $112,500 or $150,000, respectively. For every $1,000 above the income line, the tax credit dropped by $50.
According to the most recent data available, the IRS determined whether or not a family member was eligible for benefits.
Your 2020 tax return, or the income and family information of other proactive families, may have been updated using the agency’s website. It’s possible that some people didn’t do anything at all, putting them in danger of losing some or all of their refund.
Only a small number of people will have to worry about repaying those payments, either with their tax refund or out of pocket, according to experts.
The $2,000 base amount had strict income requirements, and the scheme had a built-in buffer because families only received half of the credit in six monthly installments. In the event that money is received for a dependent who is no longer claimed, families may run into problems.
“Steber believes it would be “very rare” to be forced to repay any child tax credit if your income falls below $400,000 or $200,000, as long as you still have qualified dependents. “There is no get-out-of-jail-free card if you collect those dollars and you’re not supposed to,” he continues.
Afterward, what should taxpayers do?
It’s always better to be optimistic than pessimistic. It is possible, but not likely, that these child tax credit payments will be extended for American families.
Even though millions are still dealing with the financial consequences of the pandemic, it’s important to keep a close eye on your spending, pay down debt, and build an emergency fund.
Make sure to keep a lookout for IRS communications: Residents will receive letters in January 2022 from the agency detailing the advance payments they got in 2021, allowing them to assess whether or not they received more money than they are entitled to.
Taxpayers can recoup unpaid taxes when they file their 2021 returns: Filling out a “Form 8812” will allow Americans to recoup any missing advance payments they were scheduled to get in 2021.
It’s possible that some Americans are still waiting for their final payment: Depending on how you received your advance payment, you may still be waiting for it today.
Before seeking a payment trace, the IRS recommends that you wait at least four to nine weeks.
Work with a professional and file early: Experts emphasize the necessity of starting early to ensure that you have enough time to search down all of your paperwork and get your queries addressed in the midst of an extraordinary tax year.
Any tax refunds you’re entitled to in 2021 will be issued to you as soon as your 2021 taxes have been properly filed.