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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?

Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit

Working Tax Credit is being replaced by Universal Credit.  You will only able to get Working Tax Credit in the situation listed below.  Otherwise if you try to make a new claim for Working Tax Credit you would be required to claim Universal Credit instead

If you (or your partner) are receiving a 'legacy benefit' such as Housing Benefit, you will lose this if you make a claim for Universal Credit.

You can find out whether you can make a claim for Working Tax Credit by using our Benefits Calculator or by seeking advice.  You can find an advice agency in your area by using our Find-an-adviser tool.   Read more about Universal Credit on our website.

If you are on Working Tax Credit and your situation stays the same, you won’t have to claim Universal Credit, at present.  The government won’t start transferring people over to Universal Credit until July 2019, and aim to complete this process by December 2023.

Can I get Working Tax Credit?

You can only get Working Tax Credit in the following situation:

  • You are getting Tax Credits (Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit) at present, unless you try to claim another legacy benefit or Universal Credit

In addition:

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.

What happens to my Working Tax Credit if I start a new relationship?

If you claimed Tax Credits as a single person and you later have a partner who joins your household, you will have to close down your single claim for Tax Credits.  If you then make a new joint claim for Tax Credits, then you will instead be required to claim Universal Credit.

What happens to my Working Tax Credit if I separate from my partner?

If you made a joint claim for Tax Credits as a couple and you later separate, you will have to close down your joint claim for Tax Credits.  If you make a new single claim for Tax Credits, you will instead be required to claim Universal Credit.

 

Updated: February 2019

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