Depending on your personal circumstances and annual household income you could be eligible to receive financial assistance through Child Tax Credit.
You may be able to claim if you're responsible for children either:
- aged 16 or under - you can claim up until 31 August after their 16th birthday
- under 20 and in eligible education or training
What you could get
The amount you get will depend on your income, when your children were born, and whether your child has a disability. You don't have to be working to be eligible to claim as this is a payment to support families.
If all your children were born before 6 April 2017:
- You could get the 'child element' of up to £2,780 for each child.
- You could also get the basic 'family element' of up to £545 .
If one or more of your children were born on or after 6 April 2017:
- You could get the 'child element' of up to £2,780 for up to two children.
- You could also get the 'family element' of up to £545 if one of your children was born before 6 April 2017.
You can use the online calculator below to work out roughly the amount of tax credit you may be eligible to claim.
Disabled Child Element of Child Tax Credit
If you're claiming Disability Living Allowance for your child you may be able to receive additional financial support through the disabled child elements shown below:
- the disabled child element £3,275 per year for each child in the family claiming Disability Living Allowance or who is certified blind.
- the severely disabled child element £1,325 per year (in addition to the disabled child element) for each child in the family claiming the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance.
How to claim
Although the HMRC administer Tax Credits they are not tax allowances and have to be claimed. You can find out if you may be eligible by using the tax credit calculator on the gov.uk website.
If you are already claiming tax credits and your circumstances change make sure you inform HMRC as it could affect the amount of tax credit you receive.
Further information about tax credits can be found on the Gov.uk website or by contacting the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900.