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Working Tax Credit is designed to top up your earnings if you work and you're on a low income.

The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is up to £1,960 a year - you could get more (or less) depending on your circumstances and income.

 

You can apply for Working Tax Credit even if you don't have children or you're on leave or about to start a new job.

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Working Tax Credit:

You could get Working Tax Credit if either of the following apply:

  • You’re aged from 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability
  • You’re 25 or over, with or without children

You must:

  • Work a certain number of hours a week
  • Get paid for the work you do (or expect to)
  • Have an income below a certain level

The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is up to £1,960 a year - you could get more (or less) depending on your circumstances and income.

You can apply for Working Tax Credit even if you don’t have children or you’re on leave or about to start a new job.

You can’t claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time.

Eligibility

Eligibility depends on your age and how many hours of paid work you do a week. Your income and circumstances will also affect how much you get.

  • You can use the tax credits questionnaire to check if you qualify.
  • You can’t claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time.

 

Your age

You must be 16 or over to qualify. You must be 25 or over if you don’t have children or you don’t have a disability.

 

Hours you work

You must work a certain number of hours a week to qualify.

 

Circumstance Hours a week

  • Aged 25 to 59 At least 30 hours
  • Aged 60 or over At least 16 hours
  • Disabled At least 16 hours
  • Single with 1 or more children At least 16 hours
  • Couple with 1 or more children Usually, at least 24 hours between you (with 1 of you working at least 16 hours)

A child is someone who is under 16 (or under 20 if they’re in approved education or training).

Use the tax credits calculator to check if you work the right number of hours.

You can still apply for Working Tax Credit if you’re on leave.

Exceptions for couples with at least one child

You can claim if you work less than 24 hours a week between you and one of the following applies:

  • You work at least 16 hours a week and you’re disabled or aged 60 or above
  • You work at least 16 hours a week and your partner is incapacitated (getting certain benefits because of disability or ill health), is entitled to Carer’s Allowance, or is in hospital or prison

 

What counts as work

Your work can be:

  • For someone else, as a worker or employee
  • As someone who’s self-employed
  • A mixture of the two

If you’re self-employed

Some self-employed people are not eligible for Working Tax Credit. To qualify, your self-employed work must aim to make a profit. It must also be commercial, regular and organised.

This means you may not qualify if you don’t:

  • Make a profit or have clear plans to make one
  • Work regularly
  • Keep business records, such as receipts and invoices

follow any regulations that apply to your work, for example having the right licence or insurance

 

If the average hourly profit from your self-employed work is less than the National Minimum Wage, the Tax Credit Office may ask you to provide:

  • Business records
  • Your business plan - find out how to write a business plan
  • Details of the day-to-day running of your business
  • Evidence that you’ve promoted your business - such as advertisements or flyers
  • Your pay

The work must last at least 4 weeks (or you must expect it to last 4 weeks) and must be paid.

This can include payment in kind (for example farm produce for a farm labourer) or where you expect to be paid for the work.

Exceptions

  • Paid work does not include money paid:
  • For a ‘Rent a Room’ scheme
  • For work done while in prison
  • As a grant for training or studying
  • As a sports award

Your income

There’s no set limit for income because it depends on your circumstances (and those of your partner). For example, £18,000 for a couple without children or £13,100 for a single person without children - but it can be higher if you have children, pay for approved childcare or one of you is disabled.

 

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Working Tax Credit is designed to top up your earnings if you work and you're on a low income.

The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is up to £1,960 a year - you could get more (or less) depending on your circumstances and income.

You can apply for Working Tax Credit even if you don't have children or you're on leave or about to start a new job.

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Get more information about Working Tax Credit

Find out if you would qualify for Working Tax Credit

Check your existing claim

Get an application form

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