Question

I have a question regarding social security tax benefits and social security tax credit. If my only income was Social Security benefits, can I claim the child tax credit?

Answer

If some of your Social Security benefits are taxable, you can claim the child tax credit, but there is no social security tax credit to claim. The child tax credit reduces the tax you owe, so you must have some taxable income to claim the credit. If all your income was nontaxable Social Security, you won’t have a tax liability to apply the credit to.

To qualify for the additional child tax credit, you must have earned income. If Social Security was your only income, you aren’t eligible to claim this credit.

Related Topics

Related Resources

How do I calculate the federal tax withheld from pay? Do I need to complete a personal allowances worksheet?

How much federal tax should you withhold? Learn the answer from the tax experts at H&R Block.

My child paid his own tuition last year so I didn’t report Form 1098-T: Tuition Statement on my return. However, I claim

Not sure if your dependent can claim an education credit? Discover your options for filing or amending your return. Get tax answers from H&R Block.

If I took continuing education courses from a college that doesn’t send out a Form 1098-T, how can I deduct continuing e

How can you deduct tuition and get your continuing education tax credit? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block

I have filing questions related to a workers’ comp head of household situation. My disabled brother can’t live alone, so

Learn how workers compensation could impact declaring head of household with advice from the tax experts at H&R Block.