Child tax credit has been one of the most commonly used forms of benefits all across the UK in the past years. Today, the Child Tax credit system is being replaced by the Universal Credit system which also means that one segment of the amount will be deducted ( the family segment) in most cases. Let’s see how much you can get and how do you apply for child tax credit today.
If you make a new claim you ought to be aware of the following:
If you live in the Universal credit area you can mostly only claim Universal Credit instead of the child tax credit.
The key condition to apply for a child tax credit in a universal credit area is if you have 3 or more children or if you or your partner have officially reached the state pension age.
Application for the universal credit works the same way as application for a tax credit: you will need to obtain a claim form, which is easiest to do online (through the governmental website: gov.uk) you can also get a claim form from your nearest regional tax or benefits office.
You can only claim Child tax credit for children who are your own or who you are legally responsible for.
If your child or children were born before 6 April 2017 they are still entitled to receive the child element of the tax credit. If your child or children were born after 6 April 2017 they are only entitled to get the family segment.
Please note that the whole tax credit system is currently in a transitional stage. This means that the whole credit system is to change by the end of 2018 and only the rules of Universal Credit would apply for everyone.
Child element will not be paid after a 3rd child from 6 April 2017 however the disability element can still be obtained when applicable.
There are a lot of exceptions which may apply concerning the exact conditions of the conception, the state of the children and their legal status. This means that different rules may apply for children who are adopted or when your child has a child. If you have twins which were born after 6 April you will only get the child element for one of the twins. This may sound confusing but calling the helpline will help you clarify the situation.