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Child Tax Credit - What is Child Tax Credit?

Child Tax Credit is paid to help people with the costs of bringing up a child. It is being replaced by Universal Credit so only some people can still claim Child Tax Credit.

What is Child Tax Credit?

Child Tax Credit is paid to help people with the costs of bringing up a child.  Child Tax Credit is being replaced by Universal Credit.  Please go to 'Can I get Child Tax Credit?' for information on who can still claim.

Child Tax Credit is made up of various elements: a family element; a child element; and a disabled child element.  

You can normally only get the child element for up to two children. You can only get money for a third (or more) child if they:

  • were born before 6 April 2017; or
  • they qualify for an exception

Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for each child.

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

Child Tax credit does not include any help with the costs of childcare. If you are working and you are on a low income, you may be entitled to Working Tax Credit and this benefit can include help with childcare costs.

How much Child Tax Credit you get depends on your income and circumstances, for example if your child is disabled.

You can’t claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time.

Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Age rules: You can get Child Tax Credit if you are 16 or over.

If you are under 16 your parents, or someone who is responsible for you, could include you and your child in their own claim.

Type of benefit: Means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)


Updated: December 2018

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