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There are two tax credits:
The government is in the process of replacing tax credits with
the new Universal Credit. If
you live in an area where the Universal Credit full service has
been introduced and you have less than three dependent children,
you will not be able to make a new claim for tax credits. You must
claim universal credit instead.
Anyone with a dependent child can claim child tax credit.
Whether you receive any payments will depend on your family
circumstances and your annual income. You can apply whether you
work or not, and it is paid on top of child benefit.
You get extra child tax credit payments if you have a child with
a disability who gets Disability Living Allowance
(DLA), Personal Independence
Payment (PIP) or who is registered blind.
Eligibility for working tax credit depends partly on income but
also on the number of hours you work.
If you have children, you qualify if your income is low enough
However, a couple with children need only work 16 hours per week
between them if:
If you don't have children, you qualify if your income is low
enough and you work 30 hours a week (16 hours if you are disabled
or over 60).
Working tax credit can include help towards certain registered
childcare costs. You could get up to £122.50 a week for one child
and £210 a week for two or more children although the amount that
you receive towards your childcare costs will vary depending on
Childcare costs can be included only for:
The amount of tax credits you get is usually based on your
annual taxable income and your family size. If you have a partner,
your joint income is taken into account. Unlike most other
means-tested benefits there is no limit on how much capital or
savings you can have.
People in work could also get other benefits, including help with rent
and council tax if your income and savings are low enough.
Both tax credits are paid by HM Revenue and are claimed on the
same form - TC600. This is available from your local HM Revenue
office or the tax credits helpline, 0345 300 3900.
Couples (this includes same sex partners) must make a joint