How to claim
Child Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.
You can only make a new claim for Child Tax Credit if you get the severe disability premium or got it in the past month and are still eligible for it.
If your child is 16, you can claim up until 31 August after their 16th birthday. If they are in approved education or training, you can claim until their 20th birthday.
If you cannot make a new claim for Child Tax Credit, you may be able to apply for:
- Universal Credit - if you’re of working age
- Pension Credit - if you’re of Pension Credit qualifying age
Start your claim
Call HM Revenue and Customs to make a new claim for Child Tax Credit.
It can take up to 5 weeks to process a new claim.
HM Revenue and Customs
Telephone: 0345 300 3900
Textphone: 0345 300 3909
Outside UK: +44 2890 538 192
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
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