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Family tax credit

Family tax credit (FTC) is a payment for each dependent child.

Check if you qualify for family tax credit

You can get FTC if you have dependent children and your family income is from:

  • salary or wages
  • self-employment
  • a student allowance
  • NZ Superannuation or Veteran's Pension
  • an income tested benefit, or
  • another source.

You can't get FTC for any child(ren) you receive any of the following for:

  • Orphan's Benefit
  • Unsupported Child's Benefit, or
  • Foster Care Allowance.

Check if you're entitled to any other Working for Families Tax Credits

Go to the Work and Income website to find out more about benefits

You can choose who pays you

If you receive an income-tested benefit, Work and Income generally pay your Working for Families Tax Credits. You can still choose to receive your entitlement from us instead of Work and Income.

How much you can get

The amount of FTC depends on:

  • your annual family income, and
  • the number of dependent children in your care.

The table below shows the maximum weekly and annual rates for the 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 tax year.

Age/number of children 1 April 2018 1 July 2018
  Weekly rate Annual rate Weekly rate Annual rate
Eldest child, 16 to 18
$101
$5,303
$113
 
$5,878
 
Eldest child, 0 to 15
$92
$4,822
Subsequent child, 16 to 18
$91
$4,745
$91
 
 
$4,745
 
 
Subsequent child, 13 to 15
$73
$3,822
Subsequent child, 0 to 12
$64
$3,351
Abatement rate
 
 
22.5%
 
 
25%
Abatement threshold
$36,350
$42,700

The table below shows the maximum weekly and annual rates families may be entitled to for the 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 tax year.

Age/number of children Weekly rate Annual rate
First child if under 16
$92
$4,822
First child if 16 or over
$101
$5,303
Subsequent child if under 13
$64
$3,351
Subsequent child if 13 to 15
$73
$3,822
Subsequent child if 16 or over
$91
$4,745
Abatement threshold (income level where rates start to decrease)
 
$36,350

Work out your entitlement

Use our Estimate your Working for Families Tax Credits calculator to check what you may be entitled to.

Coming off a benefit

If you're coming off a benefit to start work you may be eligible for other types of Working for Families Tax Credits.

To make sure you receive all your entitlements, check our Coming off a benefit section.