New Cash Benefit for Kids
Families with children age 0-17 are now eligible for a new cash benefit, thanks to the American Rescue Plan increasing the Child Tax Credit to $3,000 per child age 6-17 and $3,600 per child age 0-5.
Most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action because you filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or you signed up to receive a stimulus check.
If you are a parent of a child age 0-17 and are NOT receiving your monthly payment:
- Call 737-717-4000
and PRESS 6 to leave a message to schedule an appointment for free help in English or Spanish.
- To apply online, press the "Claim Your Cash Benefit" button below to find out if you are eligible and follow the steps to apply.
- To file your 2020 taxes, see free tax help locations below or call 737-717-4000 (click button above to call) and PRESS 6 to leave a message to schedule an appointment for free tax filing assistance.
- Already filed your taxes? Check your return status with the IRS here or here for the IRS mobile app or contact the free tax programs below for help.
Apply Online to Claim your Cash
If you are a parent of a child age 0-17 and, in 2020, did not earn over $12,400 if filing single or $24,800 if filing married, you may be eligible to file a simplified tax return to claim the monthly cash benefit, even if you don't have tax documents. Click this button to apply online:
Connect with Free Tax Help
Tip: Before you call, click on the city for locations, hours and details:
Austin: 737-717-4000 (Press 6 to leave a message for the receptionist)
El Paso: 915-774-2160
Houston: 713-273-3755 / Walk-in locations
Guadalupe Community Center 210-222-2975
Willie Velasquez 210-207-1711
If a city near your isn't listed, file taxes on your own for free online at:
Our campaign to help Texans claim the expanded Child Tax Credit is generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.
RAISE Texas is proud to recognize the partners whose generosity and commitment to supporting Texas families made this campaign possible: