About Family Assistance

What is Family Assistance?
Family assistance is an entitlement for working families with children.

It is made up of 4 types of payments and you may qualify for one or more, depending on your personal situation.

All payments are made to the eligible parent or principal child carer to help with the day-to-day living costs of the family.

How much you can get depends on:

  • How many dependent children 18 years old or younger you have. This means children you support financially and who don't work more than 30 hours a week, don't receive a student allowance, a benefit or other government assistance

  • How much you and your partner earn your family income

  • Where your income comes from (for example, salary or wages, business, a student allowance or a benefit)

  • The age of the children in care

  • Any shared care or custody arrangements.

Why Have Family Assistance

Inland Revenue provides financial assistance for working families so parents can focus on the more rewarding aspects of family life.

Family Assistance is financial assistance for families with children up to the age of 18 who are not financially independent and who live at home.

There are 4 parts to Family Assistance and depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to more than one kind.

  1. Parental Tax Credit is a payment you get when you or your partner has a baby

  2. Family Support is ongoing support for working families

  3. Child Tax Credit is a payment for each of your children 18 years or younger living with you

  4. Family Tax Credit is for families with one or more children to top up what you earn