Tax Credits

These tables show rates and allowances for tax credits, Child Benefit and Guardians Allowance by tax year (6 April to 5 April).

How much you get depends on things like your circumstances and income.

Working Tax Credit Rates

The maximum annual Working Tax Credit Rates are shown below.

You could get Working Tax Credit if either of the following apply:
you’re aged from 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability
you’re 25 or over, with or without children

You must:
work a certain number of hours a week
get paid for the work you do (or expect to)
have an income below a certain level

The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is up to £1,960 a year – you could get more (or less) depending on your circumstances and income.

Rates (£ per year) 2015 to 2016 2014 to 2015
Basic element £1,960 £1,940
Couple and lone parent element £2,010 £1,990
30 hour element £810 £800
Disabled worker element £2,970 £2,935
Severe disability element £1,275 £1,255

Child Tax Credit rates

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re:

  • under 16
  • under 20 and in approved education or training

You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.
You get money for each child that qualifies and Child Tax Credit won’t affect your Child Benefit.

How much you get depends on your circumstances – you can use the tax credit calculator to work this out.
Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for a child.
You could get a basic amount of up to £545 a year. This is known as the ‘family element’.
You could get extra elements on top of this.
How much you get depends on things like your income and circumstances, e.g. if your child is disabled.

This table shows the Child Tax Credit rates for the 2016 to 2017 tax year.

Elements Yearly Amount
For each child Up to £2,780
For each disabled child Up to £3,140 (on top of the child element)
For each severely disabled child Up to £1,275 (on top of the child element and the disabled child element)

Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.

The information displayed in this section should not be used as a definitive guide, since individual circumstances may vary. Specific advice should be obtained where necessary. We accept no responsibility of use of above information on your own.