If you're making a new 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Child Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.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 are entitled to it
- got or were entitled to the severe disability premium in the last month, and you’re 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.
You can only claim Child Tax Credit for children you’re responsible for.
What you’ll get
The amount you could get depends on when your children were born.
If all your children were born before 6 April 2017
You could get the ‘child element’ of Child Tax Credit for all of your children.
You’ll also get the basic amount, known as the ‘family element’.
If one or more of your children were born on or after 6 April 2017
You could get the child element of Child Tax Credit for up to 2 children. You might get the child element for more children if exceptions apply.
You’ll only get the family element if at least one of your children was born before 6 April 2017.
Child Tax Credit rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year
|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 £2,830|
|For each disabled child||Up to £3,415 (on top of the child element)|
|For each severely disabled child||Up to £1,385 (on top of the child element and the disabled child element)|
Use the tax credit calculator to work out how much you could get.
Moving to the UK from the EEA
You must wait 3 months before claiming Child Tax Credit if you arrived in the UK from the EEA on or after 1 July 2014 and do not work.
There are some exceptions who will not have to wait 3 months, for example refugees.