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If you have a low income and are responsible for one or more children you may be able to get Child Tax Credit.

Not all carers can claim child tax credit but you can apply if:

  • the child, or children, are under 16 (or under 20 in approved education or training), and 
  • you have a low income from working or benefits.

The person you care for may be able to apply if this describes them.  

You don't need to be working to claim child tax credit. Find out more about eligibility for child tax credit on

Child tax credit changes in 2017

From 6 April 2017 you will only be able to claim child tax credit for up to 2 children.  This will only apply to new claims so any children born after April 2017, who already have 2 siblings who claim child tax credit, will not be able to claim.

How much will I get?

Use the tax credits calculator to work out how much you could get.
If the child you are claiming for is disabled you may get extra child tax credit. The child you are claiming for must get Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independence Payment, or be certified blind.
The higher your income, the less child tax credit you will get. Find out what you’ll get on
You get money for each child that qualifies and child tax credit won’t affect your Child Benefit.

How to apply

Call the Tax Credit Helpline : 0345 300 3900 (textphone: 0345 300 3909) to apply.  

Child tax credit and Universal Credit

Child tax credit is being replaced by Universal Credit. You can't claim them both at the same time.

Child tax credit and Carer's Allowance

If you get Carer's Allowance your child tax credit may be reduced. Contact the Tax Credit Helpline on: 0345 300 3900 (textphone: 0345 300 3909) to check.  

Next update due: April 2017