Tax credits are payments the Government makes to you if you live in the UK and are in a paid work, responsible for children or both.
There are two types of tax credits: Working Tax Credit (WTC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC).
The CTC has the following parts:
• a family part
• a baby part
• a child part
• a disability part.
The WTC has in turn the following parts:
• basic part
• a couple part
• a lone parent’s part
• a 30 hours a week part
• a disability part
• over 50 years old part.
If you are a student and do not have paid work you may still be able to claim if you look after a child.
If you are 16 or over and have a dependant child or are working and disabled you can still claim tax credits.
If you are 25 years old or over and you work at least 30 hours a week you can claim even if you have no children.
People who have children can claim WTC as well as CTC as long as they work at least 16 hours a week.
Rates and Thresholds for 2008-09 tax credits:
Working Tax Credit ( per year)
•Couple and lone parent part :£1770
•30 hour part: £735
•Disabled worker part:£2405
•Severe disability element: £1020
•50+ Return to work payment (16-29 hours) : £1235
•50+ Return to work payment (30+ hours) : £1840
There is a childcare element with the WTC.The maximum eligible cost for one child in 2008-09 tax year is £175 per week and for two to more children is £300 per week.
Child Tax Credit ( per year)
•Child Tax Credit Family part: £545
•Family element, baby addition: £545
•Child element : £2085
•Disabled child element : £2540
•Severely disabled child element :£1020