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Why Parents Need To Look Out For IRS Letter 6419 If You Want Your Child Tax Credit

The letter contains details that will be important come tax filing time.


When Congress decided to expand and revolutionize the Child Tax Credit for parents under a certain income threshold, making it an advance payment of cash monthly for parents from July to December 15, so much good came out of the new Child Tax Credit program. Families literally were driven out of poverty — and were less stressed — and data shows that’s true.

There were six credit payments disbursed last year by the Internal Revenue Service, and while the outlook of continuing this groundbreaking anti-poverty program in at least a timely manner in 2022 is not so good, there is another payout coming even if you got monthly cash payments. But you need to look out for a letter, called the 6419, that contains important details. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s in the IRS Letter 6419?

The IRS began mailing the first of the 6419 letters in late December, but more will be hitting mailboxes throughout January. The agency is asking people to keep an eye out for the letter and hold on to it when it arrives. It contains important information that you’ll need when it comes time to file taxes if you received the Child Tax Credit last year.

The letter contains details that will be important come tax filing time, including how much child tax credit money you received in 2021. It also contains details on the number of dependents that were used to calculate the total amount that you received.

Why do I need to keep this letter?

Holding on to that number is necessary because it will allow you to cross-check the details that it contains and that therefore the IRS has on hand about your filing status, to make sure it lines up with what you received and your reality. Say, for example, you had another kid in 2021 or gained a dependent. If the letter doesn’t contain that reality, the letter is important to have.

CNet gives another example: “if you had a baby since you last filed your taxes, the IRS wouldn’t have counted that dependent when determining how much money you’re eligible for. Therefore, you’ll need to make sure your information is updated when you file your tax return.”

What if you didn’t get – or lost – that IRS letter?

If you haven’t gotten the letter yet, don’t worry. The IRS is still in the process of mailing them all out to everyone. However, the agency is strongly suggesting that you keep this letter when it does arrive.

But if you already threw it away or if it didn’t make its way to you at all by the time tax filing comes around there’s likely an issue that you’ll want to solve before you’re scrambling last minute. It’s not clear at this time if the letter will be accessible on the IRS child tax credit portals so if you do find the letter in your mailbox, hold on to it.

The other part of your Child Tax Credit payments will come during tax time.

Since parents got the first half of the Child Tax Credits through the payments last year, the remainder will come during tax time this year. Those monthly checks would give parents up to $300 for each child five and younger, and up to $250 for kids six and up.

Those who received the Child Tax Credit in monthly payments may receive up to $1,800 per child, depending on how many kids you have who qualify, during tax season this year. While those who didn’t receive the Child Tax Credit could get up to $3,600 come tax refund time.

Will we see more Child Tax Credit payments in 2022?

The short answer is probably not. There’s been no update on the potential of seeing more payments through this year since it was stalled at the end of 2021.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed though.