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Child Tax Credit After 16

Child Tax Credit at 16

Tax credits for children over the age of sixteen need to be in approved education or certain approved training schemes for the benefit to continue.


As a rule yes, Child Tax Credit stops shortly after your youngster turns 16.

But exceptions do exist where the benefit continues for some teenagers until they reach 20 years old.

When Do Child Tax Credits End?

Unless your sixteen year old continues to study in approved education, embarks on further training, or registers with a careers service, the benefit you receive for Child Tax Credit ends on the 31st of August after your child reaches 16.

After your child turns 16 - to make sure you get paid the right amount of tax credit - you must inform the Tax Credit Office with relevant details if they;

Child Tax Credit Approved Education

For the purpose of keeping your Child Tax Credit approved education has to be full-time.

This means studying for more than an average of 12 hours a week in supervised study or a course-related work experience which can include;

Note: Your child must be accepted onto the course before they turn 19.

These approved education courses are not considered to be approved if they are paid for by an employer or 'advanced' (e.g. a university degree or BTEC Higher National Certificate).

Child Tax Credit Approved Training Course

Providing Child Tax Credit approved training is unpaid it can include;

Note: To qualify your child must be accepted for the training before they turn 19 years old and courses which are part of a job contract do not meet the approved training course requirements.

Child Tax Credits Careers Services

Up to twenty weeks of tax credit is also available if your child leaves education or training before they turn eighteen years old and join the Armed Forces or register with their local careers service, Connexions, or local authority support service (or the Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland or similar careers organisation in the European Economic Area, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein).

Note: To qualify for the Child Tax Credits careers benefit your child must be sixteen or seventeen years old, working less than 24 hours a week, and not receiving certain benefits which affect this claim, such as Income Support.

Child Tax Credit When Child Turns 16; UK Rules Updated 2017