Working Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit is a payment made to working people on a low income to top up their earnings.
Working Tax Credit can be claimed by single people, couples, parents and people without children. It’s also paid to working people with a physical or mental disability that puts them at a disadvantage when getting a job. Working Tax Credit is means-tested and you must be aged 16 or over when you make a claim.
Working Tax Credit is made up of different elements to suit people’s different circumstances. These include a single parent element, a disability element and a childcare element.
You may still be able to claim Working Tax Credit for up to 28 weeks if you’re off work due to illness. See also Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit.
Important changes to Working Tax Credit
Between October 2013 and 2017, Working Tax Credit is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit for new claimants. If you're already getting Working Tax Credit, you'll continue to do so either until your circumstances change or until the DWP decides to transfer your claim to Universal Credit.
If you or your partner still get Working Tax Credit, you will be exempt from the benefit cap even if you have been awarded a ‘nil entitlement’. So it’s worth finding out whether you qualify. Any money you get from Universal Credit may be affected by the benefit cap. Contact a welfare rights adviser for more information.
How can I claim?
Call the HMRC Tax Credits Helpline on 0345 300 3900 or textphone 0345 300 3909. You can also get an application pack from your local HMRC Enquiry Centre.
For more information, visit the HMRC website.
In Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, you can apply in the same ways listed above, or
you can also get an application pack from your local Social Security office or Jobs and Benefits office
Welfare reform in Northern Ireland - Autumn 2013 update
The Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill is still under consideration. While it was originally expected that reforms to the benefits system in Northern Ireland would start to be introduced in summer 2013, these changes are now not expected to occur until at least spring 2014. The latest news on the reforms can be found on our welfare reform page and also at nidirect.gov.uk
Macmillan Cancer Support, in partnership with Citizens Advice, provides a dedicated Welfare Rights Service to cancer people affected by cancer in Northern Ireland. For information and support, or to arrange an appointment, please call 0300 1 233 233. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm.
You can also call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.
For benefits information and support in Northern Ireland please visit nidirect.gov.uk or call 0800 232 1271.
You can also contact the Northern Ireland Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 220 674, or textphone 0800 243 787 if you are deaf or hard of hearing.