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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 (the level depends on your circumstances and the elements of Working Tax Credit you are entitled to).

Working Tax Credit counts as income when working out your entitlement to most other means-tested 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)

 

Reviewed: August 2017
 

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