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.
- Last reviewed 25 September 2023
What is Child Tax Credit?
Child Tax Credit is paid to help people with the costs of bringing up a child.
Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for each child.
You don’t need to be working to get Child Tax Credit.
Child Tax Credit does not include any help with the costs of childcare. If you are already getting tax credits and you are working on a low income, you may be entitled to Working Tax Credit and this benefit can include help with childcare costs.
You can’t claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time. 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. If you've received a notice letter telling you to claim Universal Credit, read our guide Universal Credit Migration Notice to find out about your next steps.
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
Administered by: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)