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Tax Credits

What are Tax Credits?

Tax Credits are made up of Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits.

  • Child Tax Credits are to help pay for the costs of children
  • Working Tax Credits are to help top up wages

Tax Credits are means tested so take into account your income. They are administered by HM Revenue and Customs.

Universal Credit has replaced most new claims for working age means-tested benefits, including Tax Credits, but some people still receive them


Am I eligible for Tax Credits?

Child Tax Credits

To be eligible for Child Tax Credits you must:

  • be responsible for a child or a qualifying young person
  • satisfy the income means test

Working Tax Credits

To be eligible for Child Tax Credits you must:

  • be in paid work
  • work enough hours, which vary depending on your circumstances
  • satisfy the income means test

How much Tax Credit might I receive?

The current Tax Credit rates can be found at Income support on Gov.UK. The amount you get depends on many things including how much income you have and your age.

You can also Check your entitlement to benefits online on the Gov.UK.

Benefit cap

Your benefit(s) may be limited by the Benefit cap.


How to claim Tax Credits

It is not normally possible to make a new claim for Tax Credits. Instead you would have to make a claim for Universal Credit. However if you are already on Working Tax Credits and you have a child, you can then ask for Child Tax Credits for your new child. It is not a new claim, just a change to your existing Tax Credits. The same is true if you are already on Child Tax Credits and you start working the required hours, you can then ask for Working Tax Credits to be included in your Tax Credits. More details about this are on the City Council’s more detailed Universal Credit webpage.

Tax Credits are administered and paid by the Tax Credits office of HM Revenue and Customs. See manage your Tax Credits on gov.uk


Where can I get benefits advice?

You can get benefits advice from a local independent service. They can help guide you through the application process and explain how some benefits may impact upon another:


Other Useful Information

  • Payment Exception Service was introduced as cheques are no longer used to pay state benefits and Pension credit. InformationNOW has more details on the service available to those unable to use bank accounts.

Last updated: September 9, 2021