The IRS announced it will begin processing returns on January 28th, 2019, and provide refunds as scheduled. The recent government shutdown had no impact on this start date. The filing deadline for 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15th, 2019. If you live in Maine or Massachusetts, you have until April 17th due to public holidays in those states.
On a separate topic to supplement qualification information on the previous blog on the child tax credit. Under the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) for 2018, a qualifying child must have a Social Security Number in order to claim the Child Tax Credit. To be a qualifying child, they must be a citizen, national, or resident of the United States and must not have attained 17 years of age by the end of the tax year.