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Free tax filing for 2012 34. Free tax filing for 2012   Child Tax Credit Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Child Amount of CreditLimits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Additional Child Tax Credit Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040)Part I Parts II–IV Introduction The child tax credit is a credit that may reduce your tax by as much as $1,000 for each of your qualifying children. Free tax filing for 2012 The additional child tax credit is a credit you may be able to take if you are not able to claim the full amount of the child tax credit. Free tax filing for 2012 This chapter explains the following. Free tax filing for 2012 Who is a qualifying child. Free tax filing for 2012 The amount of the credit. Free tax filing for 2012 How to claim the credit. Free tax filing for 2012 The child tax credit and the additional child tax credit should not be confused with the child and dependent care credit discussed in chapter 32. Free tax filing for 2012 If you have no tax. Free tax filing for 2012   Credits, such as the child tax credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses, are used to reduce tax. Free tax filing for 2012 If your tax on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is zero, do not figure the child tax credit because there is no tax to reduce. Free tax filing for 2012 However, you may qualify for the additional child tax credit on line 65 (Form 1040) or line 39 (Form 1040A). Free tax filing for 2012 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 972 Child Tax Credit Form (and Instructions) Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Child Tax Credit W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you , later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. Free tax filing for 2012 S. Free tax filing for 2012 citizen, a U. Free tax filing for 2012 S. Free tax filing for 2012 national, or a resident of the United States. Free tax filing for 2012 If the child was adopted, see Adopted child , later. Free tax filing for 2012 For each qualifying child you must check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c. Free tax filing for 2012 Example 1. Free tax filing for 2012 Your son turned 17 on December 30, 2013. Free tax filing for 2012 He is a citizen of the United States and you claimed him as a dependent on your return. Free tax filing for 2012 He is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because he was not under age 17 at the end of 2013. Free tax filing for 2012 Example 2. Free tax filing for 2012 Your daughter turned 8 years old in 2013. Free tax filing for 2012 She is not a citizen of the United States, has an ITIN, and lived in Mexico all of 2013. Free tax filing for 2012 She is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because she was not a resident of the United States for 2013. Free tax filing for 2012 Filers who have certain child dependents with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Free tax filing for 2012   If you are claiming a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a child you identified on your tax return with an ITIN instead of an SSN, you must complete Part I of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040). Free tax filing for 2012   Although a child may be your dependent, you may only claim a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a dependent who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States. Free tax filing for 2012 To be treated as a resident of the United States, a child generally will need to meet the requirements of the substantial presence test. Free tax filing for 2012 For more information about the substantial presence test, see Publication 519, U. Free tax filing for 2012 S. Free tax filing for 2012 Tax Guide for Aliens. Free tax filing for 2012 Adopted child. 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Free tax filing for 2012 Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from  Puerto Rico. Free tax filing for 2012 On the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 38, enter the amount excluded and identify it as “EPRI. Free tax filing for 2012 ” Also attach a copy of any Form(s) 499R-2/W-2PR to your return. Free tax filing for 2012 Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Free tax filing for 2012 Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Free tax filing for 2012 Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. Free tax filing for 2012   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. Free tax filing for 2012 AGI. Free tax filing for 2012   Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22. Free tax filing for 2012 Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. 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Free tax filing for 2012 If you have an additional child tax credit on line 13 of Schedule 8812, carry it to Form 1040, line 65, or Form 1040A, line 39. Free tax filing for 2012 Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Schedule 8812 contains four parts, but can really be thought of as two sections. Free tax filing for 2012 Part I is distinct and separate from Parts II–IV. Free tax filing for 2012 If all your children are identified by social security numbers or IRS adoption taxpayer identification numbers and you are not claiming the additional child tax credit, you do not need to complete or attach Schedule 8812 to your tax return. Free tax filing for 2012 Part I You only need to complete Part I if you are claiming the child tax credit for a child identified by an IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Free tax filing for 2012 When completing Part I, only answer the questions with regard to children identified by an ITIN; you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812 for any child that is identified by a social security number (SSN) or an IRS adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). Free tax filing for 2012 If all the children for whom you checked the box in column 4 of line 6c on your Form 1040 or Form 1040A are identified by an SSN or an ATIN, you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812. Free tax filing for 2012 Parts II–IV Parts II–IV help you figure your additional child tax credit. Free tax filing for 2012 Generally, you should only complete Parts II–IV if you are instructed to do so after completing the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your tax return instructions or Publication 972. Free tax filing for 2012 See How to claim the additional child tax credit , earlier. Free tax filing for 2012 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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