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Child Tax Credit

Last updated: 4 Aug 2021

Most people can no longer be able to make a new claim for tax credits because they have been replaced with Universal Credit.  There are very limited circumstances where you may be entitled to make a new claim for tax credits.

If you are already getting tax credits (for example, Working Tax Credit or  Child Tax Credit for an older child), you don’t have to make a new claim, but you still have to report that you are responsible for a(nother) child, or you may lose money.

Who can claim Child Tax Credit?

Child Tax Credit (CTC) is available to people:

  • Responsible for a child under 16.
  • Responsible for a young person under 20 in certain types of education or training.

You don’t have to be the legal or biological parent to get CTC. There are special rules if you are claiming for a third or subsequent child born on or after 6 April 2017.

You can get Child Tax Credit for a young person to aged 16 to 19 if:

  • The young person is in full-time non-advanced education (this includes education up to and including A levels, NVQ/SVQs at Level 3, Highers and equivalent.
  • Or the young person is doing approved training (for example, foundation learning).

You cannot get Child Tax Credit if the young person is receiving education or training as part of their employment. If the young person is 19, you can only get Child Tax Credit for them if they started the education or training, or were enrolled or accepted to start it, before they reached their 19th birthday.

Your Child Tax Credit will also depend on your income.

How much is Child Tax Credit?

Child Tax Credit depends on how many children you have. You can get more Child Tax Credit if you are claiming for children on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP). You can find out more about those benefits here. Your Child Tax Credit will also depend on your income.

If you have a third or subsequent child  born on or after 6 April 2017, you won’t get any extra Child Tax Credit for that child (with very limited exceptions).  You will still be able to claim any disability element for a third or subsequent child, and the childcare element of Working Tax Credit isn’t affected by the two child limit.

There is more information to help you understand how your tax credits are worked out on the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group website.

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