Does My Child/Dependent Qualify for the Child Tax Credit or the Credit for Other Dependents?


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This interview will help you determine if a person qualifies you for the Child Tax Credit or, starting in 2018, the Credit for Other Dependents.

Information You'll Need

  • Your filing status.
  • Whether you can claim the person as a dependent.
  • The person's date of birth.

The tool is designed for taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring. If married, the spouse must also have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year. For information regarding nonresidents or dual-status aliens, please see International Taxpayers.

Caution: For  2018 and 2019, this topic doesn’t include the recently passed legislation that allows a taxpayer to elect to use his or her prior year earned income to figure the additional child tax credit (ACTC) if his or her main home was in one of the Presidentially declared disaster zones (or disaster areas outside a disaster zone if displaced from his or her main home) during the incident period. Until the update can be made, please see H.R. 1865, “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020”, Division Q.


Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Estimated Completion Time: 10 minutes

Please Note: After 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

Caution: Using the "Back" button within the ITA tool could cause an application error.