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  • The federal government and 12 states have child tax credits. The tax credits are intended to provide financial relief for low-income parents and their children. 
  • Children must have a Social Security number for families to be eligible to receive the tax credit. 
  • A recent report found 28.2 million filers claimed the federal child tax credit in 2017. The average credit per filer was $998. The refundable portion of the tax credit was claimed by 17.5 million filers with an average credit of $1,321. 
  • Beginning in 2018, higher income earners were eligible for the tax credit. The same report cited that every eligible income group received a higher credit amount per return (excluding those earning $1 million and above). 

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