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Tax credits

Tax credits are means-tested state benefits that provide extra money to:

  • People responsible for children
  • Disabled workers
  • Workers on lower incomes

There are two types:

  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credits

You can get extra tax credits to help pay for some of your childcare costs whether or not you are in work.

Your eligibility for one or both types of tax credits depends on your household income and circumstances.

To find out if you are eligible to claim go to the HM Revenues & Customs Tax credits calculator web page.

Extra working tax credits

You could get extra tax credits worth up to £122.50 per week for one child, or £210 per week for two or more children while you’re in work. What you receive depends on how much you earn.

You’ll usually qualify for extra working tax credits if:

  • You qualify for Working Tax Credit
  • You’re responsible for a child under 16, or under 17 if disabled
  • You work at least 16 hours per week*
  • You use an approved childcare provider

*Couples usually have to work at least 16 hours per week each unless one:

  • Is in hospital or prison
  • Receives certain benefits such as those due to illness, disability or being a carer

Extra child tax credits

You could get extra child tax credits if:

  • You’re not in paid work
  • You’re responsible for a child under 16, or under 20 if they’re in approved education or training
  • You use an approved childcare provider

Approved childcare providers

Approved childcare providers must be Ofsted registered for early learning and childcare, and approved by the local authority. These can include:

  • Nurseries
  • Childminders
  • Out of school clubs (breakfast and after school)

You cannot claim tax credits for:

  • Childcare provided by partners
  • Caring for your foster children

How to claim

You can get a tax credit claim form by phoning the tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900.

Complete the form and post it to the address on the form.

You cannot apply online.

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