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Advance Child Tax Credit and Economic Impact Payments - Stimulus Checks

See if you qualified for a stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment) and when and how it was sent. Learn what to do if you were eligible for but did not receive a previous stimulus payment. Or find out about payments from the advance child tax credit and see if you qualify.

COVID-19 Stimulus Checks for Individuals

The IRS issued three Economic Impact Payments during the coronavirus pandemic for people who were eligible

  • $1,200 in April 2020
  • $600 in December 2020/January 2021
  • $1,400 in March 2021

These payments were sent by direct deposit to a bank account or by mail as a paper check or a debit card.

Check On Your Stimulus Payment

Check the Get My Payment page from the IRS to find out if you qualified and when you should have received your payment. 

What to Do If You Didn’t Receive This or Earlier Stimulus Checks

Follow the directions from the IRS on how to claim these payments if you were eligible for but did not receive them, or if the amount you received was incorrect.

Advance Child Tax Credit

By claiming the Child Tax Credit (CTC), you can reduce the amount of money you owe on your federal taxes. The amount of credit you receive is based on your income and number of qualifying children you are claiming. 

Even if you don’t pay any taxes, you may qualify for a refund of the CTC. 

The CTC was expanded under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 for tax year 2021 only. If you are eligible, you should have begun receiving advance Child Tax Credit payments on July 15. The payments will continue monthly through December 2021. Under ARPA, families are eligible to receive:

  • Up to $3,000 per qualifying child between ages 6 and 17 
  • Up to $3,600 per qualifying child under age 6 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began sending out letters in early June to more than 36 million families who may be eligible for the monthly  payments.  Most families do not need to do anything to get their payments, as long as they’ve filed their 2020 or 2019 tax return. Learn more about the letter and how it can help you determine your eligibility

Update Your Information for the Advance Child Tax Credit

If you don’t file taxes due to low income, you can sign up for the child tax credit

Or you can use the Child Tax Credit Update Portal to:

  • Research why you didn't receive your payment
  • Confirm that the IRS issued your payment 
  • Confirm if you’re enrolled to receive payments
  • Un-enroll from the Child Tax Credit program to stop payments
  • Provide or update your bank account information

To manage payments with the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, you may use an existing IRS username. Or, if you’re a new user, create an account with

Learn all about the child tax credit at

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Last Updated: October 6, 2021