Child Tax Credit

Health and Wellness

Support for American families

On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) providing support for American families, state governments, and communities to rebuild lives and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the ARPA provides relief to many working families, and as of July 15th, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. Those who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020 or signed up to receive the IRS stimulus check will get this tax relief automatically.

The CTC does not count as income in determining WIC eligibility (see Income Exclusions Under ARPA).


Fast Facts

  • Low-income families with children are eligible, including those who have not made enough to be required to file taxes.
  • All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household).
  • For those with children, the ARPA increased the CTC from $2,000 to $3,000 per child for children over the age of 6 and from $2,000 to $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6; it also raised the age limit from 16 to 17 years.


WIC staff can help participants learn more about the Child Tax Credit by sharing information and resources from the White House’s Child Tax Credit website (available in Spanish), such as:

  • A free, two-page Child Tax Credit handout that can be downloaded and emailed or printed to share with participants
  • A frequently asked questions section
  • Examples showing how the Child Tax Credit works for different families
  • A link to Non-Filer Sign-Up