It’s important to know whether the advance Child Tax Credit (ACTC) payments will affect any government benefits you may be receiving.

The short answer is “no.” That’s because ACTC payments don’t count as income when a program is determining if you or anyone else is eligible for benefits or assistance. They also can’t use the payments when figuring how much you or anyone else can receive under any federal, state, or local program financed with any federal funds.

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