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If you're a Crown servant posted overseas, or you're living abroad but working in the UK (a 'cross-border' worker), you could qualify for tax credits. If you live outside the UK, but have a child and get UK benefits or State Pension, you may also qualify.
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When you work for the UK government, for example, as a civil servant or a member of the armed forces you're a Crown servant. If you have to work abroad you may be able to claim tax credits, just as if you were living in the UK. The Tax Credit Office will treat you as being in the UK if any of the following applies:
Ordinarily resident means you normally live in the UK, and plan to stay here for the time being. When the Tax Credit Office decides if you're ordinarily resident in the UK they'll look at things like:
If your partner's a Crown servant posted outside the UK, you may be able to claim tax credits if you:
You don't need to be ordinarily resident in the UK during the time you're with your Crown servant partner overseas.
If you regularly travel from another country to work in the UK, you may be able to get Working Tax Credit. For example, you might travel from the Republic of Ireland or France to work in the UK. If you have a child, you may also get Child Tax Credit.
The tax credits - and the amount - you can get depends on your income and circumstances.
If none of the sections above apply to you, you might be able to claim Child Tax Credit if both of the following apply:
You need to be getting at least one of the following:
If you don't live in an EU member state, you won't be able to get Child Tax Credit. An exception to this is if you (or your partner) are a Crown servant posted abroad. See the sections above for more information.
The following countries, along with the UK, are EU member states:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
The UK is made up of:
It doesn't include the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.