You may be able to claim:
- Child Tax Credit - you do not need to be working
- Working Tax Credit - you may be able to claim extra amount to help cover the costs of approved childcare
You can apply for Working Tax Credit even if you’re on leave or about to start a new job.
If you already claim tax credits
Call the Tax Credit Helpline to update your claim if you’re already claiming tax credits - you do not need a claim form.
You must tell the Tax Credits Office about changes to your circumstances, for example your childcare costs stop or change by an average of £10 or more a week.
You must renew your claim every year. You’ll get a reminder.