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Find out the eligibility criteria and who pays your Working for Families Tax Credits payment.
You must meet all four of the following criteria to be entitled to WfFTC.
1. You must have a dependent child or children in your care
Dependent children are all children in your care who are:
A child is financially independent when they:
Children who are 18 and not financially independent, are treated as dependent children until the earlier of one of the following:
2. You must be the principal caregiver
You must be the person responsible for the day-to-day care of the child(ren).
If you have shared care of any child(ren) you may still qualify.
3. You must be aged 16 or older
4. You or the child(ren) must meet residency requirements
You must meet at least one of the following residency requirements:
Children born in New Zealand before 1 January 2006 are considered residents of New Zealand.
From 1 January 2006 onwards, children born in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue, are only considered residents of New Zealand if at least one of their parents:
If you receive a benefit, Work and Income will generally pay your WfFTC. You can still choose to receive your entitlement from us instead of Work and Income.
We'll pay your WfFTC if your main income is from: