Working Tax Credit (WTC) is for families and single people who are employed or self-employed (either on their own or in a business partnership). It is made up of several elements including: Basic payment; Lone parent; Couples; and Disability
From April 2012, the basic ‘family’ element of WTC will not be protected, which means people will get less tax credits.
You cannot receive Working Tax Credit if you are not working. It is administered by HM Revenue and Customs.
If you have children or are responsible for children you may be able to claim Child Tax Credit.
Who can claim Working Tax Credit (WCT)?
You could get Working Tax Credit if:
This new 24 hour rule does not apply if:
The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is based on your circumstances and income.
From April 2012, you will no longer be able to claim Working Tax Credits if:
A family (an adult or couple with dependent children) must now work 24 hours or more per week. The 24 hours can be based on both partners in a relationship working, but one of them must be working for at least 16 hours. Before April 2012 a couple only had to work 16 hours between them.
How do I claim?
An application form can be requested from HM Revenue and Customs by calling 0345 300 3900. You can’t make a claim online.