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The amount of tax credits you get depends on your income. Some state benefits, such as Bereavement Allowance, count as income when you make a tax credits claim. You'll need to include the amount you've had on your claim form.
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You'll need to enter the amount of any taxable state benefits you've had in the last tax year on your claim form. A tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the next.
Some types of taxable benefit need to go in the 'taxable social security benefits' box. Others need to go in the 'other income' box.
If any tax was taken off your benefit, include the amount that was due to you before tax.
The sections below tell you what you need to include and where.
If you've had any of the benefits listed below, include the total amount in the 'taxable social security benefits' box:
If you've had any of the benefits listed below, include the total amount in the 'other income' box' - but remember to include other income too:
If the total amount of your other income (including any of these benefits) was £300 or less, don't include it on your claim form. But there are exceptions to this rule - follow the link below to find out how to work out your other income.
Don't include on your claim any benefits you get which aren't taxable like:
For help working out which benefits to include, use the worksheet in the notes that came with your tax credits claim form or renewal pack. Or you can call the Tax Credit Helpline.
If you're on Housing Benefit or get help with your Council Tax, any tax credits you receive will be taken into account as income. This means that the amount you get will be reduced to take into account this additional income - but overall you'll still be better off.
It's very important to tell your local council how much you're getting in tax credits. Otherwise you may get too much Housing Benefit or help with your Council Tax and then have to pay it back.
You might get a social security benefit from another country, for example like:
How you enter this on your claim form depends on the type of benefit you get.
If the non-UK benefit you get is counted as 'income' you will need to enter it on your claim form under 'other income'. Examples of benefits that count as income include benefits paid because someone close to you has died or you're unemployed.
If the benefit you get is a 'family benefit' for example Children's Allowance or Family Income Supplement, don't enter it on your claim form. You should send in a separate note with your claim instead.