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Child Tax Credit is a benefit to help with the cost of raising a child.

You may be able to get it if you’re over 16 and responsible for a child who is either under 16 or under 20 in full time approved education.

 

The basic amount of Child Tax Credit is up to £2,780 a year; an additional amount of up to £3,175 per year and an additional £1,290 per year for disabled and severely disabled children is also available.

You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit and it will not affect your Child Benefit.

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Child Tax Credit

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re:

1. Under 16

2. Under 20 and in eligible education or training

You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.

You can’t claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time.

How much you’ll get will depend on your circumstances. Child Tax Credit won’t affect your Child Benefit.

Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for a child.

From 6 April 2017, most people will only get the child element of Child Tax Credit for up to 2 children. You’ll still be able to claim it for more than 2 children if they were born before 6 April 2017.

Eligibility

Your eligibility depends on:

1. The child’s age

2. If you’re responsible for the child

Use the benefit checker to see if you qualify.

You can’t claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time.

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

The child’s age

To qualify the child must be:

1. Under 16 - you can claim up until the 31st August after their 16th birthday

2. Under 20 and in eligible education or training

If the child’s disabled

You may get extra Child Tax Credits if the child either:

1. Gets Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment

2. Is certified blind (or was within 28 weeks of your tax credits claim)

You still qualify if Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment stops because the child goes into hospital.

Responsibility for a child

You’re usually responsible for a child if:

1. They live with you all the time

2. They normally live with you and you’re the main carer

3. They keep their toys and clothes at your home

4. You pay for their meals and give them pocket money

5. They live in an EEA country or Switzerland but are financially dependent on you

Contact the Tax Credit Helpline if you’re not sure you’re responsible for the child.

If you share responsibility for a child and you can’t agree who should claim you can both apply. The Tax Credit Office will decide for you.

You can claim for an adopted or fostered child if you’re not getting money from your local council (Health and Social Services Board in Northern Ireland). If you do get money call the Tax Credit Helpline to find out if you can claim.

Moving to the UK from the EEA

You must wait 3 months before claiming Child Tax Credit if you arrived in the UK from the EEA on or after 1 July 2014 and don’t work. There are some exceptions.

 

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Child Tax Credit is a benefit to help with the cost of raising a child.

You may be able to get it if you’re over 16 and responsible for a child who is either under 16 or under 20 in full time approved education.

The basic amount of Child Tax Credit is up to £2,780 a year; an additional amount of up to £3,175 per year and an additional £1,290 per year for disabled and severely disabled children is also available.

You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit and it will not affect your Child Benefit.

How can we help ?

Follow the links below

 

Get more information about Child Tax Credit

Find out if you would qualify for Child Tax Credit

Check your existing claim

Get an application form

Update your information/ change of address