Working Tax Credit (MT)
Working Tax Credit is a payment made to working people on a low income to top up their earnings.
It 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. You should also see information about Child Tax Credit and, if you are in England, Scotland or Wales, Universal Credit.
If you’re already getting Working Tax Credit, you’ll continue to get it, either until your circumstances change or, if you live in England, Scotland or Wales, until the DWP decides to transfer your claim to Universal Credit.
In England, Scotland and Wales, if you or your partner still get Working Tax Credit, you’ll be exempt from the benefit cap. This is true even if you’re entitled to Working Tax Credit but do not receive a payment for some reason (if you’re awarded a ‘nil entitlement’. So it’s worth finding out whether you qualify for this benefit. Any money you get from Universal Credit may be affected by the benefit cap.
It is expected that Universal Credit and a benefit cap will be introduced in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill is still under consideration and it is unclear when any changes will take effect. Check nidirect.gov.uk for the latest news on benefit changes in Northern Ireland.
Contact a welfare rights adviser for more information by calling 0808 808 00 00..
How to claim
Call the HMRC Tax Credits Helpline on 0345 300 3900. You can also get an application pack from your local HMRC Enquiry Centre. For more information, visit hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits