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Child Tax Credit

If you don't earn a high wage and you have children, money is available in the form of tax credits to help you make ends meet
What is the Child Tax Credit?

Child Tax Credits are tax-free payments from the Government for people who are responsible for children under the age of 16, or aged 16 to 19, as long as they are in certain types of education and training.

Am I eligible to receive Child Tax Credits?

Child Tax Credits are available if you have a new baby or you are responsible for any children under 16. You can also qualify if you have children aged 16 to 19, if they are on a full-time non-advanced course of education and training, such as A Levels, NVQs at Level 3 or Scottish Highers. The Child Tax Credit is not available if your child is at university or is on an education course provided by their employer. A questionnaire is available to help you find out whether you are eligible to receive tax credits.

How much is Child tax Credit?

The basic rate of Child Tax Credit is £545 for the ‘family element’ and £2,780 for each child (2016/17 figures).  The actual amount that you can receive varies, depending on the following:

You can obtain an estimate of how much you might receive by visiting

Where can I find more information about the Child Tax Credit?

More information about the Child Tax Credit can be obtained from the Government information website. You may also be interested in finding out about Working Tax Credits, knowing how to make a claim for tax credits and knowing how much you will receive and when you need to renew your application.