Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit

If you're responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit (GOV.UK website).

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re:

  • under 16, or 
  • under 20 and in approved education or training

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

You get money for each child that qualifies and Child Tax Credit won’t affect your Child Benefit.

How much you get depends on your circumstances - you can use the tax credit calculator to work this out.

If you work, but earn lower wages, you may qualify for Working Tax Credit  if:

  • you’re aged 16 or over
  • you work a certain number of hours a week
  • you get paid for the work you do (or expect to)
  • your income is below a certain level

The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is up to £1,920 a year. You could get more (or less) depending on your circumstances and income.

How much help can I get towards childcare costs?

You can get help with up to 70% of your childcare costs, based on a maximum of £175 a week for one child or £300 a week if you have two or more children.

That works out as:

  • up to £122.50 a week for one child, or
  • up to £210 a week for two or more children.

The actual amount you get will depend on your income, the hours you work and your childcare costs. The lower your income, the more tax credits you can get.

How can I check if I am eligible? 

  • Contact the tax credit telephone helpline on 0345 300 3900
  • Contact the Jobcentre Plus office on 0800 055 6688
  • Log on to the HM Revenue and Customs website
  • Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau on 01925 246994

How to claim

If you're new to tax credits you need to get a claim form from the tax credit helpline.  Fill in the claim form, including details of your average weekly childcare costs, and return it to the tax credit office.

If you're already getting tax credits and your circumstances change and you want to claim for help with childcare costs, call the tax credit helpline on 0345 300 3900.