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Working & Child Tax Credits

Working Tax Credit is for people who are employed or self-employed (either on their own or in a partnership), who
  • usually work 16 hours or more a week
  • are paid for that work, and
  • expect to work for at least 4 weeks
and who are
  • aged 16 or over and responsible for at least one child, or
  • aged 16 or over and disabled or
  • aged 25 or over and usually work at least 30 hours a week
  • aged 50 or over must have been unemployed and in receipt of benefits for 6 months leading up to the claim and work 16 hours per week or more
  • aged 60 or over and work 16 hours per week or more
Child Tax Credit is for people who are responsible for at least one child or qualifying young person. Child Tax Credit is paid direct to the person who is mainly responsible for caring for the child or children. If you are a lone parent you will receive the payment. Child Tax Credit can be paid to workers who continue to pay UK National Insurance Contributions when posted from the UK to work in another country in the European Economic Area.
Working and child tax credits rates
£ per year (unless stated)
Working Tax Credit
Basic element
Couple and lone parent element
30 hour element
Disabled worker element
Severe disability element
50+ Return to work payment (16-29 hours)
50+ Return to work payment (30+ hours)
Childcare element of the Working Tax Credit
Maximum eligible cost for one child
 £175 pw
£175 pw 
Maximum eligible cost for two or more children
 £300 pw
£300 pw 
Percentage of eligible costs covered
Child Tax Credit
Family element
Family element, baby addition*
Child element
Disabled child element
Severely disabled child element
Income thresholds and withdrawal rates
First income threshold
First withdrawal rate
Second income threshold
Second withdrawal rate
First threshold for those entitled to Child Tax Credit only
Income disregard
* The baby element of the Child Tax Credit will be removed from April 2011.


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