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Child Tax Credit - What is Child Tax Credit?

Find out more about Child Tax Credit.

What is Child Tax Credit?

Child Tax Credit is paid to help people with the costs of bringing up a child.

You get money for each child that qualifies. Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for a 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 things like your income and circumstances, eg 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)

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