Any questions? Tax credits and the 2-child limit
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Question: I have a daughter, so I get child tax credit for her. How does the 2-child system work if I have twins? (I’m pregnant, expecting twins in July 2017.)
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In your situation, you should get a child element for your daughter and for the first of your twins to be born. For the second-born twin, you would need to apply for the exception in order to get the child element for them (as the third child).
You will need to contact HMRC to notify them of the twins’ birth in due course. As noted in our ‘How to claim an exception’ guidance, make sure that you ask to claim the exception when you add them to the claim.