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Working Tax Credit - What is Working Tax Credit?

Working Tax Credit is money provided to boost the income of working people who are on a low income.

What is Working Tax Credit?

Working Tax Credit is money provided to boost the income of working people who are on a low income. It does not matter whether you are working for someone else or are self-employed.

To get Working Tax Credit you must:

  • get payment for the work you do (or expect to)
  • you must work a certain number of hours a week, the number of hours you have to work depends on your circumstances for example your age, health, family responsibilities
  • have an income below a certain level

Working Tax Credit counts as income when working out your entitlement to other benefits.

You can’t claim Working Tax Credit if you’re claiming Universal Credit.


Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Age rules: You must be 16 or over, but in some circumstances you must be 25 or over

Type of benefit: Means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
 

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