New Tax Act Brings Changes to the Child Tax Credit

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With 2018 in full swing, there have been tax changes that recently passed that double the amount Colorado families can claim under the Child Tax Credit.

In 2018, the previous $1,000 tax credit for each child was increased to $2,000.  The Child Tax Credit applies for each child under the age of 17.  The Act also provides a $500 non-refundable credit for dependents other than a qualifying child.

The reduction applies against tax liability.  To the extent that the Child Tax Credit exceeds your tax liability, you will be eligible for a refundable credit equal to 15% of earned income in excess of $2,500 with a maximum refundable credit of $1,400 per qualifying child.

The new change also provides increases in the income phase-out thresholds for this credit.  In 2017, the income phase-out for married couples filing jointly was $110,000.  In 2018, the income phase- out for married couples filing jointly increased to $400,000.

Every Colorado divorce separation agreement or parenting plan should address the Child Tax Credit for families with children under the age of 17.

Kalamaya | Goscha is a Colorado law firm specializing in child support, child custody, personal injury, DUI and criminal defense with offices located in Edwards, Glenwood Springs and Aspen.

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