The amount you receive will depend on a number of things including:
- how much you earn;
- the number of children you claim for;
- the age of the children;
- whether any or all of the children were born on or after 6 April 2017; and
- whether you are making a new claim or were already claiming CTC before 6 April 2017.
Child Tax Credit (CTC) is made up of various elements that will influence the amount paid to you. These include:
- the basic family element (in 2017-18, up to £545 per year);
- a baby element if you have a baby under a year old;
- a child element for each child including those under one if all were born before 6 April 2017 (in 2017-18, up to £2,780 per year);
- a child element for up to 2 children (including those under one) if one or more were born on or after 6 April 2017 (in 2017-18, up to £2,780 per year) – if you were already claiming before 6 April 2017 and you have another child on or after that date you’ll usually only get the child element for them if they are the second child you are claiming for;
- you could get the child element for more than two children (even after 6 April 2017) if exceptions apply;
- a disability element if your child is disabled. This is paid for each disabled child included in your claim for whom you are either receiving the Disability Living Allowance, or for any child registered blind (in 2017-18, up to £3,175 per year on top of the child element);
- a severe disability element if you receive the highest care component of the Disability Living Allowance for any of your children (in 2017-18, up to £1,290 per year for each severely disabled child on top of the child element and the disabled child element).