Tax credits

Child Tax Credit

You may qualify for Child Tax Credit if you’re responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you.

You can claim Child Tax Credit for any child who lives with you until the 31 August after their 16th birthday. After that, you can still claim Child Tax Credit for them if they are under 20 and in education or in approved training which counts for Child Tax Credit.

Education needs to be full-time, usually at a school or college, studying for qualifications like A levels or NVQ at Level 3.

Approved training is training which doesn’t pay wages and teaches skills needed to do a job. Examples are Foundation Learning Programmes, Access to Apprenticeships and unwaged Programme-Led Apprenticeships. A course provided by an employer as part of a job contract doesn’t count.

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This page was last modified: 5th May 2015