Sunday, 2 March 2014

What You Need To Know Before Applying For Child Tax Credit

According to a definition provided by the Webster dictionary, " A Welfare State is a system whereby the state undertakes to protect the health and well-being of its citizens, especially those in financial or social needs, by means of grants, pensions and other benefits." The Child Tax Credit benefits are designed keeping in mind the very best traditions of an archetypal Welfare State. Child Tax Credit is a life saver in particular for young single mothers lacking the means and the support system to take care of their children. This benefit greatly supplements their income, helping them to provide a better future for their children. We discuss the basic concepts of this benefit, as well as a guideline on the eligibility criteria and the process of application.

Child Tax Credit :

Child Tax Credit is a yearly payment given by the British government to the mother or father of a child, as long as the parent fulfills certain eligibility requirements. The benefits available amount to a basic payment of £ 545 a year. For each child under the age of 16, a yearly payment of £ 2,720 is provided for. For a disabled child, the amount given is £ 3,015 per year. For a severely disabled child a sum of £ 1,220 per year is given in addition to the disability benefits already received.

Who Can Apply For Child Tax Credit ?

You may apply for Child Tax Credit if you are a parent of at least one child under the age of 16, or, if not the parent, you are responsible for the child. Having a child under the age of 20 also makes you eligible provided the child is studying in a government approved training facility. You are said to be "responsible" for the child if the child lives with you all the time, you are the child's sole source of financial support as well as the child's main carer. You shall be given extra Child Tax Credit if the child is disabled, and even more if the disability of the child is severe - as in complete blindness. Only British citizens or long time British residents may apply for this benefit. Recent immigrants to the United Kingdom are not eligible.

How To Apply For Child Tax Credit ?

If you are claiming Child Tax Credit for the first time, you shall need to fill in a form and send it to the nearest Tax Credits office. To get this form, please call Tax Credit Helpline and have them send it to your address. If you are already claiming Child Tax Credit, and only need to update your claim, you may do so by telephone by making use of the dedicated Child Tax Credit phone number that connects you to the Tax Credits Helpline. Tax Credits Helpline is open on Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. Please note, you shall have to keep renewing your claim every year. Otherwise you lose your benefit.

Summary :
The primary function of a democracy is to take care of the poor and unfortunate in the society, and the primary duty of a national government is towards the children of the country. Child Tax Credit is a laudable initiative on part of the British government to do the best it can to help financially disadvantaged children and their parents.

Bio :
Crystal is a social worker and an activist. She is also the mother of a wonderful child and a proud beneficiary of the Child Tax Credit. She tries her best to spread awareness among poor and underprivileged single mothers about this excellent government policy, helps them with their applications for this benefit and provides them with detailed information such as Child Tax Credit phone number, as well as the various eligibility requirements needed.

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