The parental tax credit (PTC) is a payment for qualifying families with children born before 1 July 2018.
This payment has been replaced by the Best Start tax credit.
You may get PTC if you're a family:
If you adopt a child during the first 10 weeks, the payment is split between you and the birth mother.
If a child dies during the first 10 weeks after birth, we still pay you the full amount of PTC.
You can't get PTC if your family income for any part of the full 10 weeks includes:
If your child was born or adopted on or after 1 April 2015, you can receive up to $220 a week for the first 10 weeks (70 days).
If your child was born or adopted before 1 April 2015, you can receive up to $150 a week for the first eight weeks (56 days).
How much you may receive depends on:
If you apply for PTC after three months from your child's birth, you'll receive your payment as a lump sum after the end of the tax year.
Use our Estimate your Working for Families Tax Credits calculator to check what you may be entitled to.
Paid parental leave (PPL) is a government-funded entitlement paid to:
These payments go towards the loss of income when you take parental leave to care for:
You can get PTC or paid parental leave. You can't get both payments for the same child. If you're entitled to both payments you'll need to decide which payment is best for your family.
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.