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For individuals & families: As a parent

Common questions and answers on Working for Families Tax Credits


Working for Families Tax Credits 

Am I entitled to receive Working for Families Tax Credits?

Working for Families tax Credits are available to families with dependent children aged 18 or under. There are four types of tax credits:

  1. Family tax credit
  2. In-work tax credit
  3. Minimum family tax credit
  4. Parental tax credit.

You may be able to get one or more of these tax credits, depending on your personal situation. The amount you can receive depends on:

  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • the number of children you have and their ages
  • any shared care arrangements, and
  • the type of income earned.

What changes do I need to tell IRD about?

You need to tell us any changes to your family or income during the year as these changes may affect your entitlement.

Find out more about the types of changes you need to tell us

I've been receiving Working for Families Tax Credits and have been declared bankrupt. What do I need to do?

We'll give you a new IRD number and transfer your information across. As long as your family income and circumstances haven't changed, your payments will continue as they did before the bankruptcy.

If there are any changes, please tell us straightaway so we can make sure you receive your correct entitlement.

You can do this by:

Find out more about Working for Families Tax Credits


Family tax credit 

I get a family tax credit in my benefit and now I've also got a part-time job. Can I get a family tax credit through IRD as well?

No. You can only get family tax credit from one source. Work and Income will continue to pay it to you while you're receiving an income-tested benefit or, you can choose to receive it from us.

If your family income is more than $36,350 before tax you should receive your WfFTC payments through to us to avoid getting overpaid overpayment.

Find out more about family tax credits


In work tax credit 

What is In-work tax credit?

You can receive an in-work tax credit as long as you're normally in paid work for at least:

  • 30 hours each week as a couple, eg, one person works 5 hours and the other works 25 hours, or
  • 20 hours each week as a single parent.

How much you receive depends on the number of dependent children in your care and the amount and type of family income you receive. If you have:

  • one, two or three children you can get in-work tax credit up to $72 a week
  • more than three children, you can get a further $15 a week for each additional child.

Can I qualify for in-work tax credit if I receive paid parental leave or parental tax credit?

Yes, if you:

  • receive paid parental leave or parental tax credit, and
  • meet the eligibility requirements for in-work tax credit prior to taking time off for the birth of your baby.

Can I qualify for in-work tax credit if I'm receiving an income-tested benefit or a student allowance?

No, you don't qualify for in-work tax credit for the weeks when your family income includes:

  • an income-tested benefit, or
  • a student allowance.

Find out more about in-work tax credit


Minimum family tax credit 

What is minimum family tax credit?

Minimum family tax credit is a payment made to families with dependent children aged 18 or younger, so they have a minimum income of $443 a week after tax.

I'm on accident compensation at the moment. Can I still receive minimum family tax credit?

Yes, if you:

  • were working the required hours before the accident, and
  • meet the other requirements to qualify for minimum family tax credit.

I'm on leave without pay. Can I still receive minimum family tax credits?

No, you do not qualify for minimum family tax credit.

Can I claim the minimum family tax credit if I am on the benefit?

No. You can't claim the minimum family tax credit while you're receiving a benefit.

Find out more about minimum family tax credit


Parental tax credit 

How do I add my new baby to receive parental tax credit?

If you're currently receiving Working for Families Tax Credits you need to:

  • apply for an IRD number for your child. Find out more about IRD numbers
  • add the child's details by using our My family details and income service
  • call us on 0800 227 773 to tell us your child's birth date
  • ensure we have your child's IRD number within 8 weeks.

If you're not receiving Working for Families Tax Credits, you need to:

When will I receive the parental tax credit payments?

If you apply for the parental tax credit:

  • within the first three months of your baby's arrival, you can choose between receiving your payments:
    1. weekly, fortnightly or
    2. as a lump sum after the end of the tax year (31 March).
  • after three months, you will receive it as a lump sum after the end of the tax year.

My child was born near the end of the tax year. Do I have to apply twice for parental tax credit?

No, you only have to apply once. Your payments will continue and they may vary depending on the level of your family income for the next tax year.

My baby is adopted. Does parental tax credit apply from the date of birth or from the date of adoption?

If you adopt:

  • at birth, you receive parental tax credit
  • after the baby's first 10 weeks, the parental tax credit goes to the birth mother
  • during the first 10 weeks, the payment is paid to each of you according to the number of weeks the baby is in your care.

My baby is in a neonatal unit. Does this still count as being in my care?

If your baby is in a neonatal unit during the first 10 weeks after your baby's birth, this still counts as being in your care.

Is parental tax credit still paid if a baby dies?

If a baby is born alive but dies during the first 10 weeks after birth, the principal caregiver can still apply for the full amount of parental tax credit.

Find out more about parental tax credit


Independent earner tax credit (IETC) 

Now that I receive Working for Families Tax Credit can i still claim the independent earner tax credit (IETC)?

No, you (or your spouse or partner) can't receive IETC and Working for Families Tax Credit at the same time. If you have been using an ME or ME SL tax code with your employer you will need to change your tax code immediately.

Use our decision tree to work out your correct tax code

Contacting us

How do I contact you to tell you about a change in my circumstances?

You can do this: