Child Tax Credit

As a rough guide, if your annual household income is £26,000 or less and you have at least one child you can probably claim Child Tax Credit. The amount you get depends on your circumstances.

Who qualifies for Child Tax Credit?

Did you know?

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

To qualify for Child Tax Credit you have to be responsible for at least one child who is either:

  • Under 16, or
  • Under 20 and studying full-time in sixth form or further education college

To give you a rough idea, if your annual household income is not above one of these ‘limits’, you can probably get Child Tax Credit.

Child Tax Credit limits

Number of children Annual household income limit (2014-15)
1 child £26,000
2 children £32,200

How much Child Tax Credit can you get?

The amount you get depends on things like:

  • Your income
  • How many children you have living with you
  • Whether your child has a disability

How to claim Child Tax Credit

Call the Tax Credit Helpline on Tel. 0345 300 3900 to make a claim or follow the link below:

Keeping your tax credits up to date

You need to renew your tax credits claim every year by 31 July. The Tax Credit Office will write to you telling you what you need to do. This is the way they check your payments are right.

If your circumstances change at any time during the year – either at home or at work – this can affect the amount of money you should be getting.

Call the Tax Credit Helpline on Tel 0345 300 3900 to let them know about any changes to your circumstances

Other tax credits you might qualify for

If you have children and you work, you might be eligible for Working Tax Credit to help with the cost of childcare.

And if you work and you’re on a low income you might qualify for Working Tax Credit to top up your earnings.

When you check your eligibility for Child Tax Credit you will also be told whether you qualify for Working Tax Credit. There’s no need to claim them separately as they’re on the same claim form.

Child Tax Credit to be replaced by Universal Credit

Child Tax Credit is one of the six benefits being phased out and replaced by Universal Credit between now and 2017.

For now, it’s mainly only affecting people without children who are newly unemployed and living in selected areas of the country. If you’re affected, the Tax Credit Office will tell you what you need to do to close your tax credits claim.