Why did I not receive the Child Tax Credit for my dependent?

Child Tax Credit

Your dependent must meet 5 conditions in order for you to receive the Child Tax Credit:

  1. Relation: He/she must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild).
  2. Age: He/she must have been under the age of 17 at the end of the tax year.
  3. Support: They did not provide more than half of their financial support.
  4. Residence: He/she must have resided with you for more than half of the year, with the exception of temporary absence such as school, vacation, medical treatment, etc.
  5. Status: He/she was a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a resident of the United States. If the child was adopted, that child meets this requirement so long as you were a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a resident of the United States.
Restrictions

The child cannot file a joint return for the year, but if they do, they must file it to claim a refund equivalent to their tax withheld.

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