Getting a Tax Credit payment does not automatically entitle you to help with your NHS health costs.
To be entitled you must meet the qualifying conditions for an NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
You're entitled to full help with NHS health costs if your annual family income used to calculate your tax credits is £15,276 or less and you receive either:
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit paid together
- Working Tax Credit including a disability or severe disability element.
You can also check if an existing certificate is still valid.
If you receive a certificate, this will cover any named children. Your partner will also receive a certificate.
If you’re not covered by a benefit or exemption, you can apply for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme by completing a HC1 application.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) handle tax credit financial assessments. If you have a query about your tax credits claim, contact HMRC directly.
If you're appealing the outcome of your assessment and have to pay NHS charges, you must pay the charge and keep your NHS receipts.
Child has left full time education or is aged 20
If your child leaves full time education or turns 20, they’re no longer covered by your NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
You, your partner, and any other named children can still use the certificate.
If your child has left full time education, you must tell HMRC to update your records.
Change in circumstances
If you have a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate and your circumstances change, you can continue to use the certificate until the expiry date.
If your circumstances changed before the start date of your NHS tax credit exemption certificate, check you still meet the qualifying conditions.
If you do not meet the qualifying conditions but receive a new certificate, you must destroy the certificate.