Tax relief for parents

Child Tax Credit (CTC) | NYC Department of Consumer Affairs / IRS

1. How it Works

CTC allows people with qualifying children to lessen their federal income tax by up to $1,000. You can claim both CTC and the credit for Child and Dependent Care expenses.

  • File your taxes by April 17, 2018
  • The child or dependent must be a US citizen or resident and must have lived with you for over half the year to qualify
  • You can claim your child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child, grandchild, or great-grandchild
  • If you have siblings, step-siblings, or half-siblings that live with you, you can also claim them
  • If you qualify, the government mails your refund or deposits it into your bank account
  • Refunds for filers who claim CTC will not be distributed until February 15

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for tax preparation assistance.

Find a VITA or TCE location

Call 800-906-9887 to find the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE).

Visit a tax prep location

Visit a tax prep location to get help filing your taxes in person.

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for Child Tax Credit you should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Do you have a child or dependent who is under 17 years old?
  • Is your dependent a US citizen, a US national, or a permanent resident?
  • Has your dependent lived with you for over half of the year?
  • Is your dependent claimed on your tax return?

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

If you want to receive your refund through direct deposit, you will need banking information (voided check and/or savings deposit slip). You should bring a copy of last year’s return, if it is available. The income documents listed are necessary to file your taxes.

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Driver license or official photo ID
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social Security Card or ITIN

Proof of your income

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For each income source of each income earner, any one document:

Wages & Salary

  • W2 form

Self-employment

  • Records of earnings and expenses and/or 1099-Misc

Income from Rent or Room and Board

  • Document that shows amount of income

Child Support or Alimony

  • Alimony check stub
  • Child support check stub

Unemployment Income

  • 1099-G

Social Security Benefits (SSI, Dependent, Disability, Survivor’s, or Retirement)

  • Correspondence from Social Security Administration

Pensions, Annuities, or IRA

  • 1099-R

Interest/dividends/royalties

  • 1099-DIV
  • 1099-INT

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

The City can help you find a website where you can file your taxes for free.

File online

Apply in person

If you earn $54,000 or less (with children) or $30,000 or less (without children), you may be eligible to get your taxes done in-person for free.

Find a tax prep location

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for tax preparation assistance.

Find a VITA or TCE location

Call 800-906-9887 to find the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE).

Visit a tax prep location

Visit a tax prep location to get help filing your taxes in person.

Updated December 20, 2017