Child Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit (CTC) is available to people responsible for at least one child. It is paid by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). You can receive CTC whether or not you're working and can get money for each child who you're responsible for. If you live with someone as a couple, you need to make a claim for CTC as a couple.
Eligibility of Child Tax Credit
You can get CTC if you're 16 or over, are responsible for a child and your income is within a certain limit. A child means someone under 16. But you can also claim for a young person between the ages of 16 and 20 if they're still in full-time training or non-advanced education. You're responsible for a child if they normally live with you, whether or not you're the child's parent. If a child normally lives part of their time with one parent and part with the other, only one of the parents will be able to get CTC.
Elements of Child Tax Credit
CTC is made up of two elements:
- The family element: This is paid to any family responsible for at least one child.
- The child element: This is paid for each child or young person in the family. The child element may be higher if a child has a disability.
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