3. What you'll get

You could get a basic amount of up to £545 a year. This is known as the ‘family element’.

From 6 April 2017, you will only get the family element of Child Tax Credit if you’re responsible for a child or children born before that date.

You could get extra elements on top of the family element.

How much you get depends on things like your income and circumstances, for example if your child is disabled.

This table shows the Child Tax Credit rates for the 2016 to 2017 tax year.

Elements Yearly amount
For each child (this is known as ‘the child element’) Up to £2,780
For each disabled child Up to £3,140 (on top of the child element)
For each severely disabled child Up to £1,275 (on top of the child element and the disabled child element)

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

How you’re paid

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account (a bank account, for example) of the person mainly responsible for the child.

You’re paid every week or every 4 weeks from the date of your claim up to the end of the tax year (5 April), unless your circumstances change.

Your income

Use the tax credit calculator to check if your income is too high for tax credits and work out what money you could get.

There’s no set limit for income because it depends on your circumstances (and those of your partner).

For example, it’s sometimes £26,100 for a one child family but can be higher if you pay for approved childcare or one of you is disabled.

If your circumstances change

Your tax credits can go up or down if your family or work life change - for example, your child leaves home, your income changes or your partner dies.

You must report these changes to the Tax Credit Office.

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. Some individual benefits aren’t affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.