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Working Tax Credit - What is Working Tax Credit?

Working Tax Credit is money to help working people who are on a low income.

Last reviewed 25 September 2023

What is Working Tax Credit?

Working Tax Credit is being replaced by Universal Credit. Please go to ‘Can I get Working Tax Credit?’ for information on who can still claim. If you've received a notice letter telling you to claim Universal Credit, read our guide Universal Credit Migration Notice to find out about your next steps. 

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.

Working Tax Credit counts as income when working out your entitlement to most other , such as Housing Benefit.

You can’t claim Working Tax Credit if you’re getting 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:

Taxable: No

Administered by: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

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