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. See gov.uk for more details. Or 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 is in full-time education or training – this does not include advanced education, such as university, or training that is paid for by an employer.
If you are living in an area where Universal Credit has been introduced, you can claim that instead.
What you could get
The amount you get from Child Tax Credit will depend on your situation. It could include the following:
- A payment for each child of up to £2,780 a year. This is called the child element. You can only claim for up to two children. There are exceptions to this which you can read about at gov.uk/guidance/child-tax-credit-exceptions-to-the-2-child-limit
- An extra payment for each disabled child of up to £3,275 a year.
- An extra payment for each severely disabled child of up to £1,290 a year.
How to claim
Call the HMRC tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900 or use textphone 0345 300 3909.