To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. You must provide the name and identification number (usually a social security number) on your tax return for each qualifying child.
Answer the Questions in your form instructions for line 47 (Form 1040) or line 30 (Form 1040A) to find out which child tax credit worksheet you can use to compute the credit. (See the filled-in example, later.)
If you answer "Yes" to question 1, 2, or 4 in your Form 1040 instructions or question 1 or 3 in your Form 1040A instructions, you must complete the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in Publication 972, Child Tax Credit.
Amy Brown files as head of household and has three dependent children under age 17. The children are qualifying children for purposes of the child tax credit. Amys only income is her salary of $33,500, of which total social security and Medicare taxes withheld were $2,563. Amy chooses to itemize her deductions and file Form 1040. Her AGI, shown on line 34 of her Form 1040, is $33,500.
Amy does not file Form 2555, 2555-EZ, or 4563. She does not exclude income from Puerto Rico. Her modified AGI is $33,500.
Amys tax, shown on line 40 of her Form 1040, is $1,789. She claims a $960 credit for child and dependent care expenses on line 44. She has no other credits.
After answering the Questions in the Form 1040 instructions for line 47, she completes the child tax credit worksheet to figure her child tax credit of $829. Amys completed questions and child tax credit worksheet are shown later.
Amy reads the TIP in the worksheet and finds that she may be able to take the additional child tax credit. See Additional Child Tax Credit, and Amys completed Form 8812, later.
Filled-in Questions for Amy Brown
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