You work 16 hours or more and pay childcare: entitlement tables

These tables give you an idea of the tax credits you could get if you work and pay for registered or approved childcare. They show roughly what you could get in total for the current tax year. You need to be working at least 16 hours a week to use these tables.

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You have one child

The amounts shown are the total you could get for the whole of this tax year (6 April 2014 to 5 April 2015). The annual income is before tax and National Insurance are taken off. It's your joint income if you're in a couple.

Annual income (£)

£90 a week child care costs

Maximum child care (£175)

0

10,510

13,605

5,250

10,510

13,605

9,850

9,905

13,000

10,000

9,845

12,940

15,000

7,795

10,890

20,000

5,745

8,840

25,000

3,695

6,790

30,000

1,645

4,740

35,000

0

2,690

40,000

0

640

45,000

0

0

You have two children

The amounts shown are the total you could get for the whole of this tax year (6 April 2014 to 5 April 2015). The annual income is before tax and National Insurance are taken off. It's your joint income if you're in a couple.

Annual income (£)

£150 a week child care costs

Maximum child care (£300)

0

15,445

20,905

5,250

15,445

20,905

9,850

14,845

20,305

10,000

14,780

20,240

15,000

12,730

18,190

20,000

10,680

16,140

25,000

8,630

14,090

30,000

6,580

12,040

35,000

4,530

9,990

40,000

2,480

7,940

45,000

430

5,890

50,000

0

3,840

55,000

0

1,790

60,000

0

0

You have three children

The amounts shown are the total you could get for the whole of this tax year (6 April 2014 to 5 April 2015). The annual income is before tax and National Insurance are taken off. It's your joint income if you're in a couple.

Annual income (£)

£150 a week child care costs

Maximum child care (£300)

0

18,200

23,660

5,250

18,200

23,660

9,850

17,595

23,055

10,000

17,535

22,995

15,000

15,485

20,945

20,000

13,435

18,895

25,000

11,385

16,845

30,000

9,335

14,795

35,000

7,285

12,745

40,000

5,235

10,695

45,000

3,185

8,645

50,000

1,135

6,595

55,000

0

4,545

60,000

0

2,495

65,000

0

445

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Who should use these tables?

You can use these tables if you're:

  • single and working at least 16 hours a week
  • a couple with both of you working at least 16 hours a week

You can also use these tables if you're a couple, only one of you works at least 16 hours a week, and the other is:

  • 'incapacitated' - this means they're ill or disabled and getting certain benefits, or in certain circumstances National Insurance credits
  • in hospital or in prison
  • entitled to Carer's Allowance - even if they don't get any payments because they receive other benefits instead

Find out more about what 'incapacitated' means for tax credits

Don't use these tables if you're a lone parent working between 16 and 29 hours a week and your total income is more than £5,250. You can check how much you might get by filling in an online calculator instead - it takes about 10 - 15 minutes to complete.

Tax credits calculator - find out how much you can get

If you're not sure whether you're using the right tables you can check by following the link below.

Tax credits entitlement tables: getting started

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How to use these tables

Find the table that applies to you - the headings will help you choose.

Find the annual income level in the first column that's nearest to your own total income for the last tax year (joint income for couples). This includes income from work, some state benefits (such as contributions-based Jobseeker's Allowance), and other income (such as interest on savings) over £300. A tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April. If your income this tax year is likely to be more than £2,500 lower, you might need to look at a different annual income level. See the next section for how to work out which figure to use.

Find the heading from the other columns that applies to you. The childcare costs provided are examples, so use the costs that are nearest to your average weekly costs.

Where the row and column meet that is the typical amount of tax credits award for those circumstances.

You should use the information in the tables as a guide only. For a better idea of how much you might be entitled to, you can use a more detailed online tax credits calculator. It should take about 10-15 minutes to fill in.

How to work out your income for tax credits

Tax credits calculator - find out how much you can get

 

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If your income will drop in this tax year by more than £2,500

If your income is likely to drop this tax year by more than £2,500, you might need to look at a different annual income level. Follow the steps below.

Step one. Take your lower income.

Step two. Add £2,500 to it. This is because the Tax Credit Office ignores the first £2,500 of the income drop when working out your payments.

Step three. Find the annual income level in the table that's nearest to your answer.

For example, your income for the last tax year was £30,000. But you estimate that your income will drop to £18,000 for this tax year (6 April 2014 to 5 April 2015). You need to look at the annual income of £20,000 in the table. This is worked out like this:

£18,000 + £2,500 = £20,500. So the nearest income in the table is £20,000.

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What you need to know about the income figures

It's worth knowing about some things that apply to the income figures in the tables.

For the annual income figures of £0 and £5,250, the amount of tax credits shown only applies if either of the following apply:

  • you're single and work at least 16 (but less than 30) hours a week
  • you're a couple, one of you works at least 16 and - between you - you work under 30 hours a week

For the annual income figures of £9,850 and above, the amounts of tax credits shown only apply if you're:

  • single and work at least 30 hours a week
  • a couple, one of you works at least 16 hours and - between you - you work at least 30 hours a week

If none of these working hours apply to you, you can check what you could get by using a more detailed online tax credits calculator.

Tax credits calculator - find out how much you can get

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More useful links

How to claim tax credits

Help with childcare costs - do you qualify for extra tax credits?

How your tax credits entitlement is worked out

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