The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes the Child Tax Credit. This program will start advance payments in July 2021 and end on December 31, 2021, for taxpayers who have qualifying dependents. This year, you can claim up to $3,600 for each qualifying child, which is an increase that will only apply to the 2021 tax year as long as you can meet all the qualifications.
Electronically submitting your tax return (e-filing) is often faster, more convenient, and actually more secure than paper filing. However, if you are going to e-file, you should have your taxes done by a professional of your choice.
The credit could be used to pay the debt to the IRS but leftover credit could not be used. The new law consolidates both credits and allows for the additional credit to be potentially refundable.