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To manage your child tax credit payments, you’ll need to log in to the IRS website.


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Congratulations! That first advance payment for the expanded child tax credit will be automatically deposited into your account or sent by mail in less than three weeks if you’re one of the millions of qualifying families. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s nothing to do before that money comes July 15. New IRS portals and tools are open to help you check your eligibility, register for the tax credit if you’re a nonfiler or opt out of the monthly payments. 

But first you’ll to have an account with the IRS — and that means creating a brand-new ID.me account. An IRS account will give you some important benefits this summer: It lets you update the IRS on your current family situation so you’ll receive the correct amount of child tax credit money. You’ll also be able to update the tax agency on your banking information and mailing address so you can receive your payments in the right place.

We”ll explain below how to set up an ID.me account and give you details on unenrolling from the 2021 advance payment program. For more, here’s how to calculate the estimated total of your child tax credit checks, how to see if you are eligible and what you’ll need to do next tax season if you receive payments in 2021.

Why an ID.me account is important for child tax credit money

ID.me is an online tool used by the IRS, the Department of Treasury, the Social Security Administration and other government agencies to verify your identification. Once you’ve been verified on a site that uses ID.me, you can use the same login information on any other site that uses the secure login service.

Right now, the IRS is using ID.me just for its child tax credit tools. If you don’t want to collect the advance child tax credit payments this year and would rather get one big payout next year (here are some reasons why you might want to), you’ll need this account with the IRS to do so. If you already have an IRS account and username, you can use that instead. 

How to sign up for an ID.me account 

Before you get started, you’ll want to gather a handful of items, including your Social Security number, a photo ID — such as a driver’s license or passport — and a phone or a computer with a camera.

1. Head to the Child Tax Credit Update Portal and tap the blue button, Unenroll from Advance Payments. On the next page, tap the button marked ID.me Create an account.

2. Now, enter your email address and choose a password, then tap Create account.

3. Read more about the ID.me service and tap Continue.

4. ID.me will ask you to confirm your email address and give you the option to set up multifactor authentication — an extra step you can take to prove it’s actually you making the request and not someone else trying to access your account.

5. Next, upload a picture of your photo ID. Then take and upload a selfie, using your phone or computer camera. If you want to use your phone, ID.me will text send a message with a link to take and submit your photos.

6. Once you’ve uploaded your images, you’ll enter your Social Security number and confirm other information you’ve entered. When you’re ready, click Continue.

7. ID.me will send you a text message confirming that you want to set up an account. If you want to go ahead, click Allow and continue on the ID.me page to send verification to the IRS. 

If ID.me is unable to verify you, you will be given the option to have a video call with a “Trusted Referee” to complete your verification.


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