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If your child has a disability, or if you're responsible for a child with a disability, you may qualify for extra Child Tax Credit.
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You can get extra Child Tax Credit if any one of the following applies:
You may get an additional payment for your child's severe disability if one of the following is paid for them:
You can still qualify for the extra money even if the Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment stops because your child goes into hospital.
The amount of extra Child Tax Credit you get depends on how much care your child needs. In this tax year - 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014 - you could get up to approximately:
The amount you get also depends on other money you have coming in.
Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment don't count as income when your tax credits are worked out.
Other benefits like Carer's Allowance do count as income and can reduce your tax credit payments.
To find out more about how much you may get, use the online calculator or call the Tax Credit Helpline.
To claim, you'll need to fill in a claim form. You can only get a claim form by ringing the Tax Credit Helpline. You should send in your claim form as soon as you think you qualify for tax credits.
If you now want to claim extra tax credits because your child has a disability, ring the Tax Credit Helpline. You should do this as soon as you know that one of the payments mentioned in the first section above will be paid for your child. Contact the helpline within one month of finding out, to make sure that you get your payments backdated to the earliest possible date.