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Your tax credit payments are based on your current personal circumstances, such as whether you work, how many children you have and your annual income. The lower your income, the more tax credits you can get.
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When the Tax Credit Office works out your tax credits, they look at what they call the tax credits 'elements' (or payments) that you're entitled to. The elements are based on whether you have children or not, and if you work, the hours you do.
The table below shows the Child Tax Credit payments you could get for bringing up children - providing you qualify. These are the maximum amounts you could get for a tax year (a tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the next).
The payments apply whether or not you work. You may get a mixture of elements, depending on what you qualify for.
|The Child Tax Credit elements||What it means||Current maximum yearly amount|
|Family element - the basic element||It's the basic payment if you are responsible for one or more children.||£545|
||This is paid for each of your children. It is paid on top of the basic family element.||£2,720|
|Disabled child element||This is an extra payment for each disabled child you have.||£3,015|
|Severely disabled child element||This is an extra payment for each severely disabled
child you have.
It is paid on top of any disability element.
The table below shows the different Working Tax Credit payments you could get if you work. These are the maximum amounts you could get for a tax year (a tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the next).
You may get a mixture of elements, depending on what you qualify for.
|The elements||Who it applies to||Current maximum yearly amount|
|Basic element||The basic amount if you qualify for Working Tax Credit.||£1,920|
|Couples||Paid if you make a joint claim and is on top of the basic element.||£1,970|
|Lone parent element
||Paid if you're a single parent bringing up children
on your own.
It is paid on top of the basic element.
|30 hour element
||An extra payment if you work at least 30 hours a week.
It also applies if you're in a couple, with at least one child, and you work at least 30 hours a week between you. But one of you needs to work at least 16 hours or more a week.
|Disability element||An extra payment if you work and have a disability.||£2,855|
|Severe disability element||An extra payment if you work and have a severe disability.
If you're in a couple, the person with the severe disability doesn't have to be working - as long as one of you is.
||An extra payment if you pay registered or approved childcare.||
Up to 70% of your costs, subject to a maximum limit as follows:
The 'elements' you're entitled to for a year are all added together and are then reduced if your gross income (before tax and National Insurance is taken off) goes above a certain level. The higher your income, the lower your tax credit payments will be.
For an idea of the tax credits you could get based on your income, you can use 'at a glance' entitlement tables. Follow the link below that applies to your situation.
The entitlement tables are only a rough guide to how much you could get for the current tax year - ending on 5 April 2014. They will be updated with the amounts for the next tax year on 6 April 2014.
For examples of the detailed calculations involved, see 'How income can affect tax credits payments - examples'. The examples cover some common situations, but can't tell you how your own payments are calculated. You can contact the Tax Credit Helpline if you want to understand your own calculations in more detail.
If either of the following applies to you:
then your payments are worked out on what's called a 'pro-rata' basis. This is a way of working out what proportion of the tax credit elements you're entitled to in a period of time.
Your income is also worked out on a 'pro-rata' basis. If your pro-rata income is above a certain level, your tax credit payments will be reduced.
You can use an online calculator to work out roughly the amount of tax credits you can get between today's date and 5 April 2014.