Claiming tax relief for your children
You can claim an increase in your tax exemption threshold if you have dependent children who were:
- under the age of 16
- over the age of 16 and at school full time
Children who leave school in the year
As long as your child was in full time school education at some point in the year (even if they have gone on to higher education in that year) you can still claim the deduction.
Children in higher education
You can no longer claim this relief for children in higher education (for example a degree or equivalent course).
When you can't make a claim
You can't claim if your child was over 16 and wasn't in school during the year or was in higher education, which includes:
- a course for the further training of teachers or youth and community workers
- a post-graduate course (including a degree course)
- a first degree course
- a course for the Diploma of Higher Education
- a course for the Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate or the Diploma in Management Studies
- a course for Certificate in Education
- a course in preparation for a professional examination at a higher level
- a course providing education at a higher level, whether or not in preparation for an examination
Student Finance provide grants to assist with tuition and living expenses for children in higher education.
Completing the return
To claim, you'll need to enter the following details on your tax return:
- name of the child
- child’s social security number (if known)
- child’s date of birth
If your child is over 15 years old you'll also need to include the name of the school they attended (paper only).
If your child has investment income in their own right during the year, enter the amount (don’t include income from earnings, this isn’t taken into account to calculate the tax deduction).
More than one claim for child tax relief
If there's someone else claiming child tax relief for your child, tick the box ‘Yes’ and include details of that person in the box provided.
If there is no one else claiming tick ‘No’.
Claiming an increase in your exemption threshold for child day care
If your child is 12 or under and you're making payments to a registered child care provider to look after your child, you can claim child care tax relief.
Child care providers include:
- family child carers
- day nurseries, including states-provided nursery schools
- accredited nannies
Enter the total amount you have paid to registered child care provider(s).
Don’t include any amount which has been paid to you as a child care component of income support.
Additional allowance in respect of children
If you're not married or in a civil partnership and have a dependant child resident with you then you may also be able to claim an additional allowance. Your child must be:
- under the age of 25 on 31 August in the year of assessment
- if 16 years or over at the start of the year, was in full time education
If your child was in further education they must also be a dependent student as defined by the student finance legislation.
An explanation of how student finance is calculated
If you're married or in a civil partnership, you normally can't claim this allowance, but if you also support your spouse or civil partner because they were physically or mentally incapacitated during the whole of the year you can make a claim.
Completing the return
The claim for additional allowance is for the youngest child in your household. To make the claim:
- tick the box on the return to claim the additional allowance
You also need to provide the child's:
- full name
- social security number (if known)
- date of birth
- educational establishment attended if they were in full time education
More than one claim for additional allowance
If there is another person who is claiming this allowance for the same child enter their details in the box provided.
If you’re paying maintenance under a legally binding written agreement or court order, enter the year that the agreement was made and the amount you paid during the year.
Yon can find more information about claiming tax relief for children here:
2019 tax allowances and reliefs
Claiming tax relief for a child
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