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Working Tax Credit - Can I get Working Tax Credit?

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

Can I get Working Tax Credit?

To get Working Tax Credit, you and/or your partner must work full time, though this means a different number of hours per week for different people:

  • If you are single and responsible for a child or qualifying young person, you must be 16 or over and you must work at least 16 hours a week.

  • If you are part of a couple and responsible for a child or qualifying young person, you must be 16 or over, and you must work at least 16 hours a week and your partner counts as incapacitated for the purposes of the childcare element, be entitled to Carer's Allowance, be in hospital or in prison.

  • If you are part of a couple and responsible for a child or qualifying young person, you must be 16 or over and you must work at least 24 hours a week between you (with one working at least 16 hours).

  • If you qualify for the disability element of Working Tax Credit you must be 16 or over and you must work at least 16 hours a week.

  • If you are 60 or over, you must work at least 16 hours a week.

  • Otherwise, you must be 25 or over and work at least 30 hours a week.

If your hours are not the same every week or you need help to calculate how many hours you work, see our Working hours guide.

 

Reviewed; August 2017

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