Letter 6419 gives you the amount of your 2021 advance Child Tax Credit payments and how the IRS calculated them. You may need the information in Letter 6419 to file your tax return.
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Why did I get IRS Letter 6419?
The IRS is sending Letter 6419 to everyone who received advanced payments of their Child Tax Credit. When you file your tax return, you need to report the advance to determine whether you received the correct amount.
Normally, you don’t get your Child Tax Credit until you file your tax return. When you file your taxes, your tax software calculates your credit based on the number of dependents you have, their age, and other eligibility criteria.
During 2021, the IRS sent part of your Child Tax Credit early. This was an estimated amount, so you may be able to receive a larger credit or have to pay back part of the credit when you file. It depends on whether the estimated credit amount was correct.
What’s the point of Letter 6419?
Letter 6419 gives you a summary of the payments you received. It’s just like a W-2 or 1099 except it’s for your Child Tax Credit.
The letter helps people who didn’t keep track of their payments or whose accountant wants to see a record of their payments.
What do I do if I never got the advanced Child Tax Credit?
There are three main reasons you may not have gotten the advanced Child Tax Credit.
- You opted out of receiving payments.
- You weren’t eligible for the Child Tax Credit in 2020, so the IRS didn’t know you’d be eligible in 2021.
- You moved and didn’t update your address with the IRS.
If you got a Letter 6419 saying you received an advanced Child Tax Credit when you did not, your best option is to call the IRS before you file your tax return. Your second best option is to file your tax return based on what you received, attach a letter explaining the situation, and expect a possible audit from the IRS where you will need to provide more information. The second option may delay your entire tax refund until the IRS resolves this issue.
If you simply never got an advanced Child Tax Credit payment, you can claim the full Child Tax Credit on your tax return as normal.
What does (en-sp) mean?
(en-sp) at the bottom of your letter stands for English and Spanish. One side of the letter is in English and one side of the letter is in Spanish.
What does (10-2021) mean?
(10-2021) or October 2021 is when the IRS created this letter internally. Similarly, Catalog Number 33081X is also an internal number the IRS uses to identify all of their different letters.
Full Text of Letter 6419
2021 Total Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) Payments
Keep this important tax information. You need it to prepare your 2021 income tax return.
Box 1. Aggregate amount of AdvCTC payments you received for 2021.Enter this amount on Schedule 8812, line 14f or line 15e, whichever applies.
If you file a joint return for tax year 2021, you must add the amounts in Box 1 from both Letters 6419 and enter the total amount on Schedule 8812.
Box 2. Number of qualifying children taken into account in determining the AdvCTC.See Schedule 8812 instructions if you complete Part III, Additional Tax.
Why you received this letter
Under the American Rescue Plan, the IRS made monthly AdvCTC payments of up to half of your 2021 Child Tax Credit from July through December to help support families raising children.
• If you’re eligible for the credit, file Schedule 8812 with your 2021 income tax return to claim your remaining credit (for a total amount of up to $3,600 per child under age 6 and $3,000 per child age 6 through 17).
• If you aren’t eligible for the credit, file Schedule 8812 to determine if you must pay back some or all the monthly payments you received in 2021 and if you qualify for repayment protection (discussed below).
How the IRS determined your payment amounts
Monthly payment amounts were initially based on information from an income tax return you filed or information you entered in the IRS non-filer sign-up tool in 2020 or 2021. Your monthly payment amount or how or where the IRS paid your payment may have changed based on information you provided the IRS through your 2020 income tax return if the IRS processed it after June, the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, or the dedicated IRS Child Tax Credit phone line. Review each monthly payment, including any changes, at IRS.gov/ctcportal, and click “Manage Advance Payments.” If you did not receive one or more payments, contact the IRS at 800-908-4184 before filing your return.
You may not have to repay in full any AdvCTC payments that took into account more qualifying children (Box 2 above) than you claim on your 2021 income tax return (Schedule 8812). The repayment protection is based on your 2021 modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). You will not have to repay any AdvCTC payments for non-qualifying children if your 2021 MAGI is under:
• $60,000 if you are married and filing a joint return or if filing as a qualifying widow or widower. • $50,000 if you are filing as head of household.
• $40,000 if you are a single filer or are married and filing a separate return.
For more information
• For more information about completing Schedule 8812, visit IRS.gov/Schedule8812.
• For more information about the 2021 Child Tax Credit, visit IRS.gov/advctc. This page also includes a link to frequently asked questions and answers about the advance Child Tax Credit payments.
Letter 6419 is just a reminder of the advanced Child Tax Credit payments you received during 2021. Your tax filing software will ask you for this information to determine if it needs to make any adjustments to your Child Tax Credit when you file.