Child Tax Credit

You're already claiming Child Tax Credit

How much Child Tax Credit you get depends on your circumstances.

You must tell HM Revenue and Customs if your circumstances change.

If your claim started before 6 April 2017

You get:

  • the basic amount of Child Tax Credit (known as the ‘family element’)
  • the ‘child element’ for children born before 6 April 2017

If you have another child on or after 6 April 2017, you’ll usually only get the child element for them if they’re the second child you’re claiming for.

You might get the child element for more children if exceptions apply.

If your claim started on or after 6 April 2017

You get the child element for up to 2 children. You might get the child element for more children if exceptions apply.

You only get the family element if at least one of your children was born before 6 April 2017.

If all your children were born before 6 April 2017

You get the child element for all your children. You also get the basic amount (known as the family element).

Child Tax Credit rates for the 2019 to 2020 tax year

Element Yearly amount
The basic amount (this is known as ‘the family element’) Up to £545
For each child (this is known as ‘the child element’) Up to £2,780
For each disabled child Up to £3,355 (on top of the child element)
For each severely disabled child Up to £1,360 (on top of the child element and the disabled child element)

Use the tax credit calculator to work out how much you could get.