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

Last updated: 09/04/2021

Child tax credit is paid for children and working tax credit is paid to you if you work 16, or more, 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

Claim universal credit at:


If child benefit stops, child tax credit will stop being paid for that child too. If you are still getting child benefit for another child, you will continue to receive child tax credit for them and working tax credit for yourself as a single parent.

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 so can no longer get tax credits under the same rules as single parents.

You might be able to claim universal credit for yourself. If you get it, and how much, will depend on your circumstances. If you apply for universal credit any housing benefit you were getting will stop and help with rent will be paid as part of universal credit.

Call the Lone parent helpline for advice: 0808 801 0323

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.