What are Child Tax Credits?
You may be able to claim Child Tax Credit if you’re responsible for children either:
- aged 16 or under - you can claim up until 31 August after their 16th birthday
- under 20 and in eligible education or training
You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit. Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for a child.
What you’ll get
The amount you can get depends on how many children you’ve got and whether you’re:
- making a new claim for Child Tax Credit
- already claiming Child Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit won’t affect your Child Benefit.
You can only claim Child Tax Credit for children you’re responsible for.
How do I claim?
If you’re new to tax credits you’ll need to order a claim form.
It can take up to 2 weeks for the claim form to arrive and up to 5 weeks to process a new claim.
If you're making a new claim or already claiming Child Tax Credit.
Please see the website for specific instructions.