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If so does anyone know why that age (17) is used as the endpoint of claiming the child tax credit instead of age 18?,/i>

Short answer: because that's what Congress said.

Long answer: It's probably a combination of budget considerations and the "thought," if such can be attributed to Congress, that the child is, after 17, either self-supporting or in college and thus eligible for the education credits.

Phil Marti
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