2. What you'll get

You get a basic amount and extra (known as ‘elements’) on top of this.

How much you get depends on things like your circumstances and income.

The basic amount is up to £1,960 a year.

Element Amount
You’re a couple applying together Up to £2,010 a year
You’re a single parent Up to £2,010 a year
You work at least 30 hours a week Up to £810 a year
You have a disability Up to £2,970 a year
You have a severe disability Up to £1,275 a year (usually on top of the disability payment)
You pay for approved childcare Up to £122.50 (1 child) or £210 (2 or more children) a week

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

How you’re paid

Money is paid directly into your bank or building society account, every week or 4 weeks.

You must choose one account if you’re a couple.

Usually, you’re paid from the date of your claim up to the end of the tax year (5 April).

If your circumstances change

Your tax credits can go up or down if your family or work life change, eg if you start a new job, you’re laid off work or your partner dies.

You must report these changes to the Tax Credit Office.