What happens to tax credits when my child is 16+?

Last updated: 27/03/2020

Child tax credit is paid for children and working tax credit is paid if you work at least 16 hours a week. The amount you receive from both child and working tax credit depends on your circumstances.

Tax Credit Helpline:

Helpline: 0345 300 3900

Textphone: 0345 300 3909

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If child benefit stops child tax credit also stops for that child. If you are still getting child benefit for another child, you will continue to receive child tax credit for them and working tax credit.

If you only have one child and your child benefit stops your tax credits will also stop. You will be treated as a single person and can claim universal credit for yourself.

Call the Tax Credit Helpline for more information and to report any changes of circumstance so you do not get an overpayment which you must pay back.