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Is My Child a Qualifying Child for the Child Tax Credit?

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This interview will help you determine if your child is a qualifying child for the Child Tax Credit.

There's an additional requirement for a taxpayer identification number (SSN or ITIN) to be valid for claiming the Child Tax Credit. The "Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015" requires you and the qualifying person to have an SSN (or ITIN) assigned on or before the due date of the return or on or before the extended due date if an extension is timely filed. For new ITIN applications, the IRS will consider the ITIN as issued on or before the due date of a return if the IRS receives the Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, on or before the due date of the return and an ITIN is issued as a result of the application.

Information You'll Need:

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

The tool is designed for use by taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring about. 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 Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.


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; however, after 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

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


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 24-Feb-2017