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Reduce Your Family’s Taxes with Schedule 8812

If you have a family, you’ll want to learn about IRS Form 1040 Schedule 8812!

This post will cover the last of the 1040 schedules in PDFfiller‘s review, Form 1040 Schedule 8812, used for claiming a Child Tax Credit.

Who needs a 1040 schedule 8812?

Anyone who plans to claim a dependent child on their tax return may fill out the IRS tax Form 1040 schedule 8812.

Are there exceptions to who needs to fill out a 1040 schedule 8812?

Not every child dependent in the US qualifies to be claimed. However, most do. You can use the substantial presence test to quickly check if your child qualifies.

In order to be claimed for a child tax credit, a child must…

1. Be a citizen, national, or lawful resident alien of the United states
2. Be able to be identified with a social security number (SSN), or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)
3. Have been physically present in the United States for at least 31 days out of the tax year
4. Have been physically present in the United States for at least 183 days during the past 3 years. 100% of the days in the current tax year may be counted, 33% of the days during the second year may be counted, and only about 15% of the days in the third year may be counted toward the total 183 days required.

What is a 1040 schedule 8812 for?

A Child Tax Credit can be applied to your overall tax amount. It will either significantly increase the amount of money you receive on your tax return, or it will significantly decrease the amount of money that you owe on your tax return.

What information do you need when you file a 1040 schedule 8812? (social security number, etc.)

The 1040 schedule 8812 form can require many different pieces of information. It really depends on your personal tax situation, and where your income or losses came from. At the very least, you will need:

1. Your contact information such as phone number, full mailing address, etc.
2. Your social security number which will serve as your business’ tax ID
3. Your child’s social security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)
4. Your financial records
5. Your filled out 1040 tax return

Is 1040 schedule 8812 accompanied by other forms?

Other than your filled out 1040 and other tax forms for the year, your 1040 schedule 8812 form does not need to be accompanied with any other form unless otherwise specified.  In special cases, the IRS may need proof of your child’s presence in the United States.

When is the 1040 schedule 8812 due?

Your form is due at the same time as your tax return, on April 15 of every tax year.

How do I fill out a 1040 schedule 8812?

The IRS schedule 1040 8812 can be filled out and filed in many different ways. A tax service or a private accountant may be able to get you a higher refund, or save you money on your taxes owed. If you wish, you can also fill it, print it out using PDFfiller and send it in yourself.  For more information on how to fill the form, check out the following video:

Where do I send a 1040 schedule 8812?

Where you send your physical form depends on your state, and whether or not you are sending payment with your tax return. Your 1040 schedule 8812 will always accompany your other 1040 tax return forms, you can use the helpful chart here to determine where they will go.