Ways to claim Child Tax Credit

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QI am claim­ing Child Tax Credit for my eight-yearold. I have spo­ken to my ex-hus­band and he is also want­ing to claim Child Tax Credit. Is this pos­si­ble? A child can only be named on one tax credit claim at any par­tic­u­lar time.

Child Tax Credit should be paid to the per­son who the child nor­mally lives with – which can be un­clear in cases with shared care.

If two peo­ple can­not de­cide be­tween them­selves who should ap­ply then HMRC will make a de­ci­sion on who has the more valid claim and will pay that per­son.

Where there is more than one child and the par­ents share care, the par­ents could

Acon­sider claim­ing Child Tax Credit for one (or more) child each as a way of split­ting the pay­ments. I have my own prop­erty and my son is go­ing to move back in with me as he has sep­a­rated from his wife. Will this af­fect any of my ben­e­fits?

I re­ceive a State Re­tire­ment Pen­sion, Pen­sion Credit and Coun­cil Tax Re­duc­tion.

He is cur­rently study­ing full-time at Univer­sity. As your son is a full-time stu­dent he will not have an ef­fect on your ben­e­fits.

Gen­er­ally, a non de­pen­dant de­duc­tion would be taken from your Coun­cil Tax Re­duc­tion for non-de­pen­dant

QAadults liv­ing in the prop­erty, how­ever, full-time stu­dents are ex­empt from this rule. I have been on Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance for one year and have just switched from Con­tri­bu­tions Based to In­come Re­lated.

My amount has dropped

Qby nearly £30 a week be­cause of my War Pen­sion.

Are the DWP al­lowed to take that into ac­count? If you have been on Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance in the Work Re­lated Ac­tiv­ity Group for one year then your claim be­comes means tested and most forms of ad­di­tional in-

Acome are taken into ac­count and de­ducted from your award. With War Pen­sions the DWP dis­re­gard the first £10, but any­thing above £10 will re­duce your Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance pay­ments.

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