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Parental tax credit

The parental tax credit (PTC) is a payment for qualifying families with children born before 1 July 2018.

For qualifying families with children born after 1 July 2018

This payment has been replaced by the Best Start tax credit.

Find out about the Best Start tax credit

Check if you qualify for parental tax credit

You may get PTC if you're a family:

  • with a newborn child, or
  • who adopted a child at birth, or within 10 weeks after the child was born.

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.

When you can't get parental tax credit

You can't get PTC if your family income for any part of the full 10 weeks includes:

  • paid parental leave
  • a Work and Income benefit, even if it is suspended
  • NZ Superannuation
  • a Veteran's Pension
  • a student allowance, or
  • accident compensation from ACC, unless you get this for less than three months.

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

How much you can get

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:

  • your family income before tax
  • the number of dependent children in your care
  • the age of these children, and
  • the number of newborn children.

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.

Work out your entitlement online

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

Paid parental leave

Paid parental leave (PPL) is a government-funded entitlement paid to:

  • eligible mothers, or
  • primary carers, such as:
    • adoptive parents
    • Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children Home for Life parents
    • whāngai
    • grandparents with full-time care, and
    • other permanent guardians.

These payments go towards the loss of income when you take parental leave to care for:

  • your newborn child, or
  • a child under the age of six who is now in your care.

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.

Find out more about paid parental leave

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.