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June 17, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Announcement of Advance Child Tax Credits
June 17, 2021

Location:  Kuwait


On June 7, the IRS started sending letters to more than 36 million American families who may be eligible for the newly expanded Child Tax Credit for the 2021 tax year under the American Rescue Plan Act.

Letters list an estimate of monthly payments, with the first payment slated for July 15.  After that, taxpayers can expect payments roughly halfway through each month through December 2021.  Payments will be made either by direct deposit or by paper checks, depending on what information the IRS has on file for each eligible recipient.  To determine the payment, the IRS will use information from 2020 or 2019 tax returns or information submitted to the agency’s non-filers tool to claim a 2020 economic impact payment.

The federal government strongly encourages federal benefit recipients to choose direct deposit, as any payment will be automatically deposited into the same banking account used for your previous tax returns.  If the IRS does not have your current direct deposit information on file, payment checks may be mailed to the address on your most recent tax return.

Please do not contact the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait about whether or not you qualify for the child tax credit.  Per the IRS, most families do not need to take any action to get their payment if they qualify.  At this time, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait has not received any child tax credit payments for U.S. citizens living in Kuwait.  If any checks do arrive, we will inform the recipients by e-mail.

For additional information the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments, please visit the IRS website.

The U.S. Embassy does not have information regarding methods of local check deposit or local check cashing of IRS checks.  Please direct these questions to your bank or financial institution.  In some cases, friends or family in the United States may be able to deposit your check for you.


U.S. Embassy Kuwait
American Citizen Services (ACS)
Telephone: (+965 ) 2259-1001
Fax: (+965) 2538-0282
Email: KuwaitACS@state.gov