If you go back to work after having a baby you might be able to claim Working Tax Credit to help with the costs of childcare.Find out more about tax credits to help with childcare costs on the website.With Working Tax Credit, whether or not you're still eligible depends on your usual working hours before you went on leave, the length of time you’re off work and the hours your partner works.More about tax credit rules when your circumstances change on the website.You could get Child Benefit while you're working abroad so long as just before you were posted abroad you were either: It doesn't matter whether your child goes with you or stays in the UK.You need to let the Child Benefit Office know if this applies to you.
Many people become eligible for tax credits when they have a baby. There are two types – Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit – and with a new baby you might be eligible for one or both.
Use the Tax credits calculator on the HM Revenue & Customs website to find out if you qualify and get a rough idea of how much you could be entitled to.
Your entitlement to Child Tax Credit is not affected when you're on maternity or paternity leave.
If you don't claim you might also miss out on: Even if you don't think you'll be entitled to anything because either you or your partner earns over the £50,000 tax-free limit, it's still worth claiming so you don't miss out on National Insurance credits.
Find out more about Child Benefit and the State Pension on
Child Benefit and tax credits can be a big boost to the family budget.