Important changes to the Child Tax Credit will help many families get advance payments of the Child Tax Credit starting in the summer of 2021. The IRS will pay half the total credit amount in advance monthly payments. You will claim the other half when you file your 2021 income tax return. How It Works Use the assistant to: Check if you might be eligible for advance payments of the Child Tax Credit What You Need Your tax return filed for 2020, or your 2019 tax return if you haven't filed for 2020. If you don't have a copy of the return and know your filing status and number of qualifying children you claimed, you may be able to estimate the total income from your tax return to answer all the questions. You can use the following to make estimates: Income statements such as W-2s and 1099s Amount of any expenses or adjustments to your income You may still be able to benefit from the credit even if you aren’t working now or didn’t work in 2020. Check Your Eligibility Your Security and Privacy The Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant doesn't ask you to provide sensitive information such as your name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. The information you enter into the Eligibility Assistant will not be saved or recorded.