Here’s What to Do if You Missed the Deadline to Claim Your Child Tax Credit or Stimulus Money


November 17 was the last day to claim missing child incentives or tax credits that you did not receive through the IRS Free File form. But don’t worry: that money isn’t lost forever. If you file your tax return in 2023, you can still claim your money back.

About 9 million people who have not received their payments have never filed a tax return this year, either because they are not required to file or because they needed more time. However, the IRS used tax returns to determine whether you were eligible for either payment.

Keep reading to find out what you can do to get any stimulus payments or child tax credit owed to you. For more information, check your state sends incentive checks this month.

When was the deadline for claiming a child stimulus or tax credit?

The deadline to claim missing incentive or child tax credit was November 17 for those using the IRS Free File tool. The Free Files tool is aimed at those who are typically not required to file taxes due to lower income.

If you filed a tax deferral earlier this year or have not yet filed it, your deadline for filing your tax return was if you are required to file October 17. That was also the last day to file Form 1040 to avoid a late filing penalty.

If you have been affected by any of the recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Ian, you have to February 15, 2023, to submit. But if you live in an area covered by Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declarations, such as Kentucky or Missouri, Tuesday, November 15 was the last day to submit.

You can still get your child stimulus and tax credit — just not this year.

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What to do if you missed the deadline to claim your money

If you missed any of the above deadlines for claiming your missing child tax credit or stimulus money, don’t worry. You can still claim that money when you file your tax return in 2023 — you just won’t receive it this year.

The last closing day for claiming the money is tax day in 2025, but we recommend filing as soon as possible.

Have you filed a tax return but still have not received your money? Here’s what the problem could be

If you did your tax return this year, but still haven’t received an incentive check or child tax credit that you qualify for, there are a few other things that could hold it back.

  • You have not set up a bank account.
  • It was the first time you filed a report.
  • You have a mixed-status household.
  • You have not updated your address with the IRS or USPS.
  • You experience homelessness.
  • You have no or limited internet access.

If none of these reasons apply to you, it may be time to file a payment trace with the IRS by calling 800-919-9835 or email in form 3911.

How much money you could get from child tax credit and stimulus payments

Improved child discount: Up to $3,600 per child, or up to $1,800 per child if you received monthly payments in 2021.

First stimulus check: $1,200, shipped April 2020

Second Stimulus Control: $600, shipped December 2020

Third stimulus check: $1,400, shipped March 2021

Keep in mind that if you filed your taxes in 2021, you should have already received your money from the first two stimulus checks.

For more information, check your state sends additional child tax credit payments.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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