Depending on your personal circumstances and earnings you may be eligible for some financial assistance through Child Tax Credit.
You do not have to be working to be eligible to claim as this is a payment to support families. However, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) you will probably only be eligible if your annual income does not exceed the following limits:
- if you have one child £26,000.
- if you have two children £32,200.
However, you could still qualify even if your income is above these amounts. For example, if you pay for registered childcare, have more than one or two children, are disabled, or your child has a disability.
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 are claiming Disability Living Allowance for your child you may be able to claim additional support through the disabled child element of Child Tax Credit. There are two elements available:
- the disabled child element £3,140 per year for each child in the family claiming Disability Living Allowance or who is certified blind.
- the severely disabled child element £1,275 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.