Tax credits if you have a baby



If you have a baby, you might be able to:

  • get more money – if you’re already claiming tax credits
  • make a new tax credits claim – if you’ve not claimed tax credits before

You can only make a new claim for tax credits if you:

  • get the severe disability premium, or are entitled to it
  • got or were entitled to the severe disability premium in the last month, and you’re still eligible for it

If you cannot make a new claim for tax credits, you might be able to apply for Universal Credit or Pension Credit.

What you can get

Tax credit Approximate amount
Child Tax Credit Up to ÂŁ3,375 per year
Tax credits for childcare while you work Up to £122.50 a week (1 child)
Up to ÂŁ210 a week (2 or more children)

You will not get 100% of your childcare costs

Working Tax Credit Up to ÂŁ3,040 per year

Even though you’ve stopped work to have a baby you’re entitled to get Working Tax Credit for:

  • the first 39 weeks of maternity (or adoption) leave
  • your period of ordinary paternity leave

To qualify, you must have been working at least 16 or 30 hours a week before your leave. The actual number of hours depends on your circumstances.

Use the tax credit calculator to work out what you can get.

How to claim

You can:

  • apply for tax credits – if you’ve not applied for tax credits before
  • update your claim – if you’ve already applied for Child or Working Tax Credit

Update your claim by reporting a change in your circumstances online or by phone.

When to claim

Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) within 1 month of the birth so your claim can be backdated to the date of birth. If you do not, your tax credits will only be backdated by 1 month from the date of your claim.


Your baby is born 1 September.

You tell HMRC on 1 January so your tax credits get backdated to 1 December.

If you’d told them by 1 October you’d be getting tax credits from 1 September.


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