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Tax credits are means-tested, tax-free payments. There are two types:
Government has announced a range of changes to the welfare benefits system and many of these will come into force in April 2017. Tax credits are going to change and some people will not be eligible for as much money as they were before. View a list of the changes and find out how they may affect you..
Whilst tax credits are means-tested, your savings are ignored. There is no capital limit but any income you receive from those savings above £300 per year may reduce the amount paid to you.
There’s no set limit for income because it depends on your circumstances (and those of your partner). Tax credits consist of one or more ‘elements’. Both child and working tax credits have disability elements.
All the elements you are eligible for are added together. The total is compared to your income and any reduction due to this income is calculated. The resulting amount will be your tax credit award. Tax credit awards are annual.
How much you get depends on things like your income and circumstances, for example if your child is disabled. There are three different rates of the child element.
Some self-employed people are not eligible for Working Tax Credit. To qualify, your self-employed work must aim to make a profit. It must also be commercial, regular and organised. Use the Tax Credit calculator to work how much you could get.
This is quite complicated as there are various conditions that may mean you qualify for the disabled worker element. You’ll need to pass the disability test and the qualifying benefit test (pdf download).
You can start a claim by calling the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900 or textphone 0345 300 3909.
The Government is replacing Tax Credits with Universal Credit. Depending on where you live, a new claim for tax credits may be treated as a claim for Universal Credit. Check to see if you will be affected.
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