The general rule is that, to claim tax credits, a person must be aged 16 or over and live in the United Kingdom, short absences abroad for holidays or on business will not affect eligibility. Some people may be eligible even if they, or the child/ren or qualifying young person/s they are claiming for, do not live in the United Kingdom.

The Tax Credits (Residence) Regulations 2003, referred to in this section, were made in March 2003 and were amended in the Tax Credits (Residence) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 made in April 2004 and by regulations 4 and 5 of the Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2006 made in March 2006.

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