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Benefits: Working Tax Credit 2016/2017
Working Tax Credit is based on your age and the hours that you work and get paid for. It also depends on whether you have – or are responsible for – children.
1. You must be 16 years old or over
2. You must reside in the UK
3. Your work must last at least 4 weeks and must be paid (even in kind)
4. Your age/ circumstances
5. Your working hours per week
|between 25 years old and 59 years old||minimum of 30 hours|
|60 years old or over||minimum of 16 hours|
|Single with 1 or more children||minimum of 16 hours|
|Couple with 1 or more children||usually at least 24 hours (with 1 of you working at least 16 hours)|
There is no set limit for income as it is based on your, and your partner's, circumstances.
You can use HM Revenue & customs tax credit questionnaire to check if you are eligible.
To claim Working Tax Credit for the first time you need to contact the Tax Credit Helpline and Tax Credit Office using the number below and ask for a Claim Pack (the form may take up to 2 weeks to arrive).
If you are already claiming Working Tax Credit, you do not need to fill in the form again. Simply phone the number below to update your claim.
Working Tax credit contact number (From the UK): 0345 300 3900.
Working Tax Credit contact number (from abroad): 0044 289 053 8192.
Working Tax Credit Textphone contact number: 0345 300 3909.
Lines are open Monday to Friday 08.00 to 20.00 and Saturday 08.00 to 16.00.
When you call The Tax Credit Helpline the adviser will ask you the same questions as for claiming Child Tax Credit: NI Number, household income, detail of any benefit, of childcare payment and other income.
Use the Working Tax Credit calculator to find out how much you could be entitled to.
Working Tax Credit rates depend on your personal circumstances and income.
|Your situation||Amount (per year)|
|Couple||Up to £2,010|
|Single parent||Up to £2,010|
|You work at least 30 hours week||Up to £800|
|You have a disability||Up to £2,970 a year|
|You pay for approved childcare||
Up to £122.50* (1 child)
Up to £210* (2 or more children)
* payment is made weekly.
Payment is made directly to your bank account every week or 4 weeks.
Even if you want to claim both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, you only need to complete one claim form.
You must be in paid work at the time you claim Working Tax Credit or starting paid work within 7 days of making your claim.
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