Child Tax Credit 2022 Changes and FAQs for Your Tax Return

The bigger and better child tax credit from 2021 is not extended to 2022. It is replaced by a new set of rules for taking the credit on 2022 returns.

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One of the most significant tax changes for 2022 applies to the child tax credit, which is claimed by tens of millions of parents each year: The bigger and better child tax credit that applied for the 2021 tax year is not extended to 2022.

The reason why is that the enhancements that Congress made to the child tax credit were temporary. They all expired on December 31, 2021, including the monthly payments, higher credit amount, letting 17-year-olds qualify, and full refundability. 

So, the rules for taking the 2022 child tax credit revert back to those that were in place before the pandemic.

This is all enough to make your head spin. But don't worry. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the 2022 child tax credit, including how to report the child tax credit on your 2022 tax return.

Joy Taylor
Editor, The Kiplinger Tax Letter

Joy is an experienced CPA and tax attorney with an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. After many years working for big law and accounting firms, Joy saw the light and now puts her education, legal experience and in-depth knowledge of federal tax law to use writing for Kiplinger. She writes and edits The Kiplinger Tax Letter and contributes federal tax and retirement stories to and Kiplinger’s Retirement Report. Her articles have been picked up by the Washington Post and other media outlets. Joy has also appeared as a tax expert in newspapers, on television and on radio discussing federal tax developments.