You work but have no children: entitlement tables

These tables give you an idea of the tax credits you could get if you're single, 25 or over and working 16 hours or more. They show roughly what you could get in total for the current tax year. These tables also apply if you're in a couple, either you or your partner work, and the person who works has a disability.

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You (or your partner) are aged 25 or over and have no disability

The amounts shown are the total you could get for the whole of this tax year (6 April 2014 to 5 April 2015). The annual income is before tax and National Insurance are taken off. It's your joint income if you're in a couple.

Annual income (£)

You're single aged 25 or over working 30 or more hours a week

You're in a couple aged 25 or over working 30 or more hours a week

9,850

1,340

3,330

10,000

1,275

3,270

11,000

865

2,860

12,000

455

2,450

13,000

45

2,040

14,000

0

1,630

15,000

0

1,220

16,000

0

810

17,000

0

400

18,000

0

0

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You are single or have a partner and the person who works has a disability

The amounts shown are the total you could get for the whole of this tax year (6 April 2014 to 5 April 2015). The annual income is before tax and National Insurance are taken off. It's your joint income if you're in a couple.

Annual income (£)

You're single, are 16 or over and work

You're in a couple, aged 16 or over

working 16 - 29 hours a week working 30 or more hours a week working 16 - 29 hours a week working 30 or more hours a week

5,250

4,880

(less than minimum wage)

6,875

(less than minimum wage)

8,000

4,230

(less than minimum wage)

6,225

(less than minimum wage)

9,850

3,475

4,275

5,465

6,230

10,000

3,410

4,215

5,405

6,210

12,000

2,590

3,395

4,585

5,390

14,000

1,770

2,575

3,765

4,570

16,000

950

1,755

2,945

3,750

18,000

130

935

2,125

2,930

20,000

0

115

1,305

2,110

22,000

0

0

485

1,290

24,000

0

0

0

470

26,000

0

0

0

0

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Who should use these tables?

You can use these tables if you haven't got any children and any of the following applies:

  • you are single, aged 25 or over and you work 30 hours or more a week
  • you are in a couple, and either you or your partner are aged 25 or over and work 30 hours or more a week
  • you are single, aged 16 or over, you work at least 16 hours a week and have a disability
  • you are in a couple where one of you works at least 16 hours a week and the person who works has a disability and is aged 16 or over

If you're not sure whether you're using the right tables you can check by following the link below.

Entitlement tables for tax credits: getting started

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How to use the tables

Find the table above that applies to you - the headings will help you choose.

Find the annual income level in the first column that's nearest to your own total income for the last tax year (joint income for couples). This includes income from work, some state benefits (such as contributions-based Jobseeker's Allowance), and other income (such as interest on savings) over £300. A tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April. If your income this tax year is likely to be more than £2,500 lower, you might need to look at a different annual income level. See the next section for how to work out which figure to use.

Find the heading from the other columns that applies to you.

Where the row and column meet that is the typical amount of tax credits award for those circumstances.

You should use the information in the tables as a guide only. For a better idea of how much you might be entitled to you can use a more detailed online tax credits calculator. It should take about 10-15 minutes to fill in.

How to work out your income for tax credits

Tax credits calculator - find out how much you can get

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If your income will drop in this tax year by more than £2,500

If your income is likely to drop this tax year by more than £2,500, you might need to look at a different annual income level. Follow the steps below.

Step one. Take your lower income.

Step two. Add £2,500 to it. This is because the Tax Credit Office ignores the first £2,500 of the income drop when working out your payments.

Step three. Find the annual income level in the table that's nearest to your answer.

For example, your income for the last tax year was £30,000. But you estimate that your income will drop to £18,000 for this tax year (6 April 2014 to 5 April 2015). You need to look at the annual income of £20,000 in the table. This is worked out like this:

£18,000 + £2,500 = £20,500. So the nearest income in the table is £20,000.

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More useful links

How to claim tax credits

How your tax credits entitlement is worked out

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