Child Tax Credit Telephone

At the end of each tax year, Child tax credit is given to those who qualify for any child age 17 and under. Universal credit has taken over Child Tax Credit for a majority of the population. One is able to make new claims for Child Tax Credit only if they receive a severe disability premium which is an extra amount of money added to one’s income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income related Employment and Support Allowance, and housing benefits. There are also three types of disability premiums which consist of regular premiums, enhanced, and severe. One does not have to necessarily apply for a disability premium if the money they get is added to their benefit payments automatically. You are also allowed to apply for more than premium at a time.

An applicant is only allowed to make new claims for Child Tax Credit if they choose to get the severe disability premium or recently got it in the past month and are still eligible. If the applicant’s child is 16 then the applicant is still eligible to claim Child Tax Credit up until August 31rst after their child’s 16th birthday.

For those who are not eligible for Child Tax Credit, other options are available. For those 18 and older, Universal Credit is applicable as well as Pension Credit depending on if one is of qualifying age. The amount given depends on how many children one has and if the applicant is making new claims for Child Tax Credit. Child Tax Credit does not affect Child Benefits. One can only claim Child Tax Credit for children they are responsible for.

If the child lives with the individual at all times, keep their toys and clothing at applicant’s house, receives meals and money, and is financially dependent then the applicant is responsible for that child.

If a child were born before April 6th, 2017 the ‘child element’ of Child Tax Credit is applicable for all children an applicant is responsible for They will also receive the basic amount, also known as the ‘family element.’ If one or more child born on April 6th, 2017 or after this date, the child element of Child Tax Credit will be available for up to 2 children. The child element may also apply for more children. The family element is only applicable if at least one child was born before April 6th of 2017.

Benefits, pensions and allowances go into the account of whoever is responsible for the child. Applicants must call Child Tax Credit Contact support HM Revenue and Customs if they want to make a new claim. This can take up to 5 weeks to process.