4. How to claim

You can order a claim form by either:

It takes up to 2 weeks for the form to arrive.

If you’re already claiming tax credits you don’t need a claim form - call the helpline to update your claim.

What you need to know

Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for a child.

You can claim at any time of the year and apply for Child and Working Tax Credits on the same claim form.

It can take up to 5 weeks to process a new claim.

You have to renew your claim once a year.

To support your claim, keep records of your income, bills, payslips, benefits, tax credits, childcare and your child’s education. Keep any records you have from the past 3 years.