As of July 15, tens of millions of families have received the American Rescue Plan's expanded Child Tax Credit. Most families didn't have to do anything to receive the first payment. But people who don't normally file tax returns, which often includes people experiencing homelessness, must register to claim their payments.
The IRS created the Non-Filer Sign-Up Tool as a free and easy way to help people in this situation. People who didn't file a 2019 or 2020 tax return, and didn't use the tool last year to register for Economic Impact Payments, can use the tool to provide the IRS with the basic information needed to issue their child tax credits.
The payments will be up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child age 6 through 17. They'll be issued on July 15, August 13, September 15, October 15, November 15, and December 15.