Child Tax Credit is a benefit to help with the cost of looking after children.
Tax Credits are gradually being replaced by Universal Credit. The benefit you should claim will depend on where you live and your situation. Speak to a welfare rights adviser to find out more.
Who can claim
You can claim if you are aged 16 or over. You, and your partner if you have one, must earn below a certain amount. It does not matter whether you are working or not.
You must be responsible for:
- a child aged under 16
- a young person aged 16 to 19 who normally lives with you and who is not at university.
If you are living in an area where Universal Credit has been introduced, you can claim that instead.
What you will get
Child Tax Credit is made up of several amounts of money (called elements). These include a family element and a child element for each child in the family. There are extra elements for children with disabilities. After April 2017, the child element will be restricted to two children only.
How to claim
Call the HMRC tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900 or textphone 0345 300 3909.