There are two tax credits:
Both tax credits are paid by HM Revenue and can be claimed online or by requesting a claim form from the tax credits helpline, 0345 300 3900. Couples (this includes same sex partners) must make a joint claim.
You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you are responsible for if they are:
You may get extra Child Tax Credits if the child either:
However whether you receive any payments will depend on your family circumstances and your annual income. You can apply whether you work or not and it is paid on top of child benefit.
You could get Working Tax Credit if either of the following apply:
The amount of tax credits you get is usually based on your annual taxable income. If you have a partner, your joint income is taken into account. Use the Gov.uk’s Tax credit calculator to estimate how much you could get.
If you receive the 16-19 bursary (previously the Education Maintenance Allowance) this could affect a Working Tax Credit claim.
Working tax credit can include help towards certain approved childcare costs.
Working tax credit is also for:
Please note you cannot claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time.