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If you're going back to work after a period on benefits, you may be able to get tax credits to top-up your income. You could also get tax credit payments to help with the cost of childcare.
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If you've recently found work or you're returning to work after being on benefits, you may be able to get Working Tax Credit. To claim you must normally be aged 25 or over and work at least 30 hours a week. But you only need to work 16 hours or more a week if you:
You should expect your paid work to continue for at least four weeks.
If you have children, you could get Child Tax Credit - you don’t have to be working to claim.
If you're working, you could also get Working Tax Credit. To claim you'll need to be aged at least 16, and work the following hours:
This means that if you're in a couple and only one of you is working, that person must be working at least 24 hours a week.
You can sometimes still qualify if your joint hours are less than 24 a week - follow the link below for more detailed information.
If you work and pay for childcare, you could get up to 70 per cent of your childcare costs in Working Tax Credit. Usually both you and your partner (if you have one) have to work for at least 16 hours a week to qualify.
You may qualify for an extra amount of Working Tax Credit if you meet all these conditions:
You could get:
The amount you get will depend on other income you have coming in, such as wages, interest on your savings and some benefits payments.
If you have been claiming benefits, such as Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, or Jobseeker's Allowance, you'll get help with your claim. Your Jobcentre Plus - or in Northern Ireland, your Social Security office - will help you with your tax credits claim form.
Or you can order a tax credits claim pack from the Tax Credit Helpline. You can fill the form in yourself and send it back by post. If you need any help completing the form you can call the Tax Credit Helpline who will be happy to provide further advice.
You can't claim tax credits online.