The Child Tax Credit program is no longer one of the most popular programs of the United Kingdom. For most people, it is being replaced by the Universal Credit, and you can only make a new claim for this program if you already receive the severe disability premium, or you got it in the last month but are still eligible for it. You can still claim the Child Tax Credit for your child until the 31st of August after their 16th birthday. However, if you are not eligible for and cannot apply for a new Child Tax Credit, you can still apply for the Universal Credit program if you are of working age, or the Pension Credit program if you are of the age where you qualify for pensions.
The amount of money you receive from the Child Tax Credit program every month is affected by two major things: whether or not you are making a new claim for the benefits, and whether you are already getting benefits from the program. You can only get Child Tax Credit for your children or children you are legally responsible for, and whether you get it or not does not affect your child benefits.
If you are making a new claim or application for the Child Tax Credit program, the amount you get if you are accepted is dependent on what year your child was born. If your child or children were born before April 6, 2017, your child(ren) could receive the child element of the Child Tax Credit. This also comes along with the basic amount that everyone gets known as the “family element” benefits. If your child or children were born on or after the date of April 6, 2017, you could still get the child element for up to 2 of your kids. There are a few exceptions that apply for some families which could allow them to get the child element for more than 2 children. You will get the family element if your child(ren) was born before the 6th of April in 2017.
If you are already getting the Child Tax Credit benefits, how much you get is completely dependent on your personal circumstances, and the HM Revenue and Customs must be informed if any of your circumstances change. If you started claiming a child before April 6, 2017, you will get the basic amount of Child Tax Credit, as well as the child element. If you have another child after that date, they will usually only get the child element.
If all of your kids or only child were born before this date of April, you will get the child element, as well as the basic amount known as the family element.
If you are accepted into the program, all of your benefits, pensions, or allowances will be paid into your personal account either one large sum once a month, or with the sum divided once a week. You can start your claim the Child Tax Credit by calling the HM revenue and customers or by visiting the website at https://www.gov.uk/child-tax-credit. And it is important to remember it can take up to 5 weeks to process a claim.