If you're claiming disability benefits for yourself or your child, you may qualify for extra tax credits - on top of other benefits you're getting. Some disability benefits are also taken into account when the Tax Credit Office works out how much tax credits you’re entitled to.
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Certain sickness or disability-related benefits that you might get - or have recently have been getting - can help you qualify for extra Working Tax Credit. For example:
For the full list of benefits, plus the other conditions you need to meet to qualify, follow the links immediately below.
You or your partner might get one of the following:
If so, you may qualify for a further amount of Working Tax Credit because of your severe disability. In a couple, the person with the severe disability doesn’t have to be working - as long as one of you is.
You can get extra Child Tax Credit if one of the following benefits is paid for your child:
This still applies even if the allowance or payment has stopped because your child is in hospital.
You can also get extra Child Tax Credit if your child is registered blind.
In this tax year (6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014), on top of your basic tax credits you could get:
The amount of tax credits you are paid depends on other income you have coming in. The higher your income, the lower your tax credits payments.
To find out more about how much you might get, use the online calculator, or call the Tax Credit Helpline.
When you make a claim for tax credits your income is worked out by adding together things like wages, interest on savings and some benefits. Some types of disability benefit count towards your income and others don't.
These benefits don't count towards your income when your tax credits are worked out:
These benefits do count towards your income when your tax credits are worked out:
Disability benefits like Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Incapacity Benefit won't be reduced when you start getting tax credits.
Other benefits you or your partner might be getting, such as Carer's Allowance, should not be affected by your tax credits.
However, some benefits, for example Housing Benefit or Income Support, may be reduced if your income goes up. You will need to report any increase in your income to the offices that pay you these benefits when you start getting tax credits.
Changes that affect your tax credits
Benefits adviser for England, Scotland and Wales on GOV.UK - get an estimate of the benefits or credits you could get (Opens new window)
Benefits adviser for Northern Ireland on nidirect - get an estimate of the benefits or credits you could get (Opens new window)
Carers and Disability Benefits on GOV.UK (Opens new window)