Child tax credit is a program that the UK government runs as a way of subsidizing the cost of bringing up children. The benefit has nothing to do with the costs of childcare. Applicants who are working but on low income qualify for Working Tax Credit, which provides them with the help they need regarding cost of childcare.
The tax credit is for UK residents in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland who are aged 16 years and above. Residents who are under 16 years can ask to be included in their parents’ claim for this tax benefit in which case they would qualify together with their own children. This is a non-taxable and means tested tax credit.
Child Tax Credit Services
The HMRC, which stands for Her Majesty Revenue and Customs, administers the tax credit. The tax credit is for UK residents who are 16 years and above. Secondly, you have to be responsible for at least one child to apply for the tax credit. The child has to be under 16 years, or between the ages of 16-20 years in addition to being in fulltime and non-advanced education in school.
The exact amount that the applicant is entitled to differs based on numerous factors. Moreover, the maximum amount to which an applicant is entitled comprises many parts depending on personal circumstances such as family element (per family), child element (per child) and disability elements (per disabled child).
The applicant considered eligible for the tax credit will get the amount in his bank account, post office, building society or via a simple payment for people unable to manage the other types of accounts. The government remits tax credits to all the eligible or successful applicants every four weeks.
Contacting Child Tax Credit Customer Service
Child tax credit is a program that HMRC runs. Consequently, the customer service number that applicants should call to get answers for specific problems is 0345 300 3900. This number is for all general enquiries via telephone. The department has a textphone number for applicants with speech and hearing impairments, who should use 0345 300 3909.
Child Tax Credit Contact Tips
For applicants who want to call the department and ask questions or make general enquiries, the number to call is +44 2890 538 192. Call these numbers to ask for a claim form or inform Her Majesty Revenue and Customs about the change in your circumstances. It is important to have as much information as possible before placing the call.
Before calling, confirm the charges with your mobile phone or landline service providers first.