If you or your partner have a disability and usually work 16 hours or more a week, you could get extra Working Tax Credit. This is called the 'disability element'.
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To qualify for the disability element, you have to meet all of these conditions:
If you're not sure if you qualify, you can:
You might get one of the following:
If so, you may qualify for a further amount of Working Tax Credit because of your severe disability. This is called the 'severe disability element'.
You won't be able to get the severe disability element unless you qualify for Working Tax Credit. This means that you or your partner will need to be working a certain number of hours. This depends on your circumstances, but if you're disabled you'll normally have to work at least 16 hours a week.
If you're in a couple, the person with the severe disability doesn't have to be working. But one of you will still need to be working the minimum number of hours to qualify for Working Tax Credit.
Follow the link below to find out the minimum hours you need to work.
This tax year - 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014 - on top of your basic Working Tax Credit you could get up to:
If you claim as a couple and both you and your partner have a severe disability, you can qualify for two extra payments of £1,220.
The amount you get also depends on other money you have coming in:
To find out more about how much you may get, you can use an online calculator or call the Tax Credit Helpline.
If you now think you qualify for extra tax credits because of a disability, you should make a claim as soon as possible.
You should make a claim within one month of finding out you are entitled to a qualifying disability or sickness benefit. This is to make sure that you get your payments backdated to the earliest possible date.
To claim, fill in a claim form. You can only get a claim form by calling the Tax Credit Helpline.
If you now want to claim extra tax credits because of a disability, ring the Tax Credit Helpline. You should do this as soon as you know you're entitled to a qualifying sickness or disability related benefit. Contact the helpline within one month of finding out, to make sure that you get your payments backdated to the earliest possible date.