Understanding Your Letter 6416 or Letter 6416-A


What this letter is about

Letters 6416 and 6416-A (both named Advance Child Tax Credit Outreach letter) were mailed by the IRS in June 2021. These letters estimate Child Tax Credit (CTC) amounts for tax year 2021 and tell taxpayers they may be eligible to receive advance CTC payments.

If you received one of these letters, you may be eligible to receive advance Child Tax Credit payments based on information included in your 2020 tax returns (or your 2019 returns if the 2020 returns aren't filed and processed yet).

How to learn more

For more information, you can review sample copies of Letter 6416 PDF and Letter 6416-A PDF or view the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 page.