Manage your monthly child tax credit payments with an ID.me account. here’s how


You will need to create an account through ID.me to notify the IRS of changes in your income or the number of dependents.

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You have not received your payment of the child tax credit Last week? You may have received more than expected, or you may have opted out of receiving monthly payments. To manage your payments, you will need to create an account with the IRS through ID.me. There are some important advantages to having an account: for now, you will need it to opt out of monthly payments and update your direct deposit information. Soon you will be able to update your mailing address and other changes to your household situation, such as number of dependents or income.

Why is this important? Since this year’s child tax credit is a bit more complicated (with half of the total credit as partial prepayments until 2021 and the other half as next year’s taxes), an online account gives families a direct way to watch their money and make sure they’re getting the right amount of credit. It also gives parents the option to postpone these advance payments to get a larger payment in 2022.

We’ll walk through what to do to set up an ID.me account, which requires a few layers of identity verification. While creating an account, some parents reported error code 2001, so we will also tell you what we know about it. To find out more, here’s how calculate the estimated total of your child tax credit checks. You can also recheck your eligibility and learn more about how early child tax credit audits could impact your taxes next year.

Why do I need to create an ID.me account for the Child Tax Credit?

ID.me is an online tool used by the IRS, Treasury Department, Social Security Administration, and other government agencies to verify your identification. Once you’ve been verified on a site that uses ID.me, you can use the same login details on any other site that uses the secure login service.

Currently, the IRS uses ID.me only for its child tax credit tools. If you don’t want to collect the child tax credit advance payments this year and would rather receive a large payment next year, you will need this account with the IRS to do so. If you already have an IRS account and username, you can use them instead.

Here are some reasons you may want to unsubscribe and what are the deadlines for doing so.

How to create an ID.me account?

Before you begin, you’ll want to gather a handful of things, including your Social Security number, some photo ID – like a driver’s license or passport – and a phone or computer with a camera.

1. Head to the Child Tax Credit Update Portal and press the blue button, Unsubscribe from advance payments. On the next page, press the button marked ID.me Create an account.

2. Now enter your email address and choose a password, then tap Create an account.

3. Learn more about the ID.me service and press To continue.

4. ID.me will ask you to Confirm your email address and gives you the possibility to configure multi-factor authentication – an additional step that you can take to prove that it is you who is making the request and not someone else who is trying to access your account.

5. Next, upload a photo of your photo ID. Then take and upload a selfie using your phone or computer camera. If you want to use your phone, ID.me will send you a text message with a link to take and submit your photos.

6. Once you’ve uploaded your images, you’ll enter your social security number and confirm any other information you’ve entered. When you are ready, click To continue.

7. ID.me will send you an SMS confirming that you want to create an account. If you want to continue, click Authorize and continue on the ID.me page to send the verification to the IRS.

If ID.me is unable to verify you, you will be given the option to make a video call with a “trusted arbiter” to complete your verification.


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Why am I getting error code 2001?

Several Reddit forums have posts from people saying they’re getting a error code 2001 when using their ID.me account to log into the website with the message “A condition has been identified that prevents your access to this service”.

A user who appears to represent ID.me said he did not recognize the error code as an ID.me message, and the IRS does not list the code as a common error. It seems that some users are getting this code from a software malfunction. We have contacted the IRS for comment.

Learn more about the rules for you and your dependents to be eligible for payments. For more financial benefits this year, here’s how to save money on childcare expenses.


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