Why I Didn’t Get My 2nd Child Tax Credit

If you didn’t receive your 2nd child tax credit, it might be because you didn’t file a return or you filed for the wrong year. Get the facts on what might have happened.

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The earned income tax credit (EITC) is a tax credit for low-to-moderate income working taxpayers. The credit is refundable, which means that if the credit exceeds the amount of taxes owed, the taxpayer gets a refund for the difference.

I didn’t get my 2nd child tax credit because my income was too high. The EITC is only available to taxpayers who earn less than a certain amount of money. For 2018, that amount is $15,270 for single taxpayers with no children and $20,950 for taxpayers with one child.

Reasons Why I Didn’t Get My 2nd Child Tax Credit

I’m so upset I didn’t get my 2nd child tax credit! I even called the IRS and they said I didn’t qualify. I know there must be other people out there who are in the same boat as me. In this article, I’ll go over the main reasons why I didn’t get my 2nd child tax credit.

I didn’t know I had to file a tax return

You must file a tax return to receive the child tax credit. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses the information on your tax return to determine whether you’re eligible for the credit and, if so, how much you can receive.

If you didn’t file a return because you didn’t think you had to, now is the time to do it. You can file a return for each year that you’re eligible for the credit. The IRS allows most taxpayers to amend their returns for up to three years after the due date of the original return.

I didn’t earn enough money

If you didn’t earn enough money during the year to qualify for the 2nd child tax credit, you may still be able to get some money back through the earned income tax credit. To qualify, your household income must be below:

$50,000 for a family with two children
$55,000 for a family with three children
$60,000 for a family with four children

If you qualify, you could get up to $6,143 back from the IRS.

I didn’t have a qualifying child

There are a few reasons why you might not have qualified for the second child tax credit. The most common reason is that you didn’t have a qualifying child. To qualify for the credit, your child must have been under age 17 at the end of the year, must have lived with you for more than half of the year, and must be related to you. Other reasons you might not have qualified include if your child was a non-resident alien or if someone else could claim him or her as a dependent.

How to Get Your 2nd Child Tax Credit

The 2nd child tax credit is a credit that is available to families with 2 or more children. To get the credit, you must have a qualifying child who is younger than 17 and who meets the other qualifying criteria. The credit can be worth up to $1,400 for each qualifying child.

File a tax return

If you didn’t file a tax return for the year your second child was born, you won’t get the credit. The credit is available only for the year in which your second child is born. So if you’re planning to have a baby in 2020, you won’t be able to take the credit until you file your 2021 tax return in 2022.

Earn enough money

If you didn’t receive the $2,000 tax credit for having a second child, it’s probably because you didn’t earn enough money. The credit is only available to those who make less than $85,000 annually ($170,000 if filing jointly). So, if your income is too high, you won’t be able to take advantage of this break.

Have a qualifying child

To get the child tax credit, your child must meet all the qualifying child rules for a dependent. A qualifying child must:

Be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece or nephew)
Be under age 17 at the end of the year
Not have provided more than half of her own support during the year
Have lived with you for more than half of the year
If the child is married and files a joint return for the year, he or she is not eligible for the child tax credit. Additionally, a qualifying child cannot be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return.


After doing some research, I found out that the main reason why I didn’t get my 2nd child tax credit was because I didn’t have enough taxable income. The other thing that can reduce your credit is if you owe money to the government, such as taxes or student loans. Lastly, if you’re married filing separately, you usually won’t qualify for the credit.

I was a little bummed that I didn’t get the credit, but at least now I know why. And, I’m glad that I did my research so that I can be sure to claim it next year!

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