Application for Child Tax credit and the amounts you can get

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 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.