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Working for Families payments are designed to help whānau with the costs of raising their children. Payments are dependent on your family income and circumstances. You may qualify for more than one payment type depending on your situation. Check if your family qualifies.


Inland Revenue is focused on connecting qualifying New Zealand whānau with the Working for Families payments they deserve.

What is Working for Families?

Working for Families tax credits are payments designed to help whānau with the costs of raising their children.

The payments are for families with dependent children 18 years and under.

Entitlement to receive Working for Families is based on your yearly family income and family circumstances.

There are four types of payments:

            Family tax credit

Payments to help qualifying families with the costs of raising children.

Payments depend on how much your family earns, the number of dependent children you have, and any shared care arrangements.

If you receive an income-tested benefit you may also qualify for these payments. In this case, Work and Income will usually pay you the family tax credit.

           Best Start tax credit

Payments for qualifying families supporting a newborn baby.

If you qualify for Best Start you’ll receive payments until your child turns one, no matter what your family earns.

You could continue to receive Best Start payments until your child turns three, but this will depend on what your family earns.

Best Start payments begin once paid parental leave finishes.

           In-work tax credit

Payments for qualifying families who have some income from paid work each week, with no minimum hours of work required.

Like the family tax credit, these payments depend on how much your family earns.

If you’re receiving an income-tested benefit or a student allowance, you will not qualify to receive these payments.

          Minimum family tax credit

Payments to make sure qualifying low-income families get a minimum level of income. You need to work a required number of hours for salary and wages to receive these payments.

If you’re a single parent you must work at least 20 hours a week, or, if you’re a two-parent family, one or both of you must work at least 30 hours a week between you.

If you’re receiving an income-tested benefit you will not qualify to receive these payments.

 

Find out if you qualify

To see if your family could qualify for payments, check out the Working for Families calculator at ird.govt.nz/workingforfamilies – it only takes 5 minutes to complete.

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