Posted on June 30, 2022
Dear friends and neighbors,
The 2022 state budget provides for a child tax rebate of $250 per child, up to a maximum of $750 per household. Although it is referred to as a tax rebate, it will work more like the stimulus checks. Below is an outline of this information:
You must apply to receive the rebate check
To obtain the Child Tax Rebate, you must apply through the Department of Revenue Services (DRS). You can find an online application here. Any paper applications will not be accepted. The Child Tax Rebate is not a credit and may not be claimed on any Connecticut income tax return. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2022.
The child tax rebate is available to those who satisfy the following conditions:
1) Must be a Connecticut resident at the time of filing the application.
2) Must have filed the 2021 Federal tax return and claimed at least one child under 18 years of age as a dependent on that return.
3) Must satisfy income criteria — Adjusted gross income on tax filing should be below $109,000 for a single filer, $169,000 for the head of household, and $209,000 if filing as “Married filing jointly”.
Rebate check vs. Earned Income Tax Credit
This is a one-time check expected to be mailed sometime in August. Receiving the Child Tax Rebate does not impact eligibility under any other financial assistance from the state or the Earned Income Tax credit. There is also a phase-out based on income. Those making over $100,000 as single filers, $160,000 as head of household, and $200,000 as married filing jointly will get reduced amounts.
This child tax rebate check is funded from state revenues
The state budget (state income and sales taxes) funds this child tax rebate check. This rebate was passed in the 2022 session as part of the budget adjustment package. The cost of this program to the state is $125 million.
Click HERE to read the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) FAQ.