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Tax credits

Would you like some extra money?

All you have to do is fill in a form! Thousands of families have not yet claimed money that they are entitled to.  You could receive extra money each month to help with you and yours just by filling in an application form. 

Are you eligible?

What are Tax Credits?

Tax credits are pay outs from the government to individuals that meet specified requirements. There are two main types of Tax Credits called 'Working Tax Credits' and 'Child Tax Credit'. 

Working Tax Credits

Working Tax Credits are designed for individuals that work but receive a low income. You do not need to have children in order to qualify for this. 

Child Tax Credits (CTC)

Child Tax Credits are designed for individuals that are responsible for a minimum of one child or young person that lives in the same house.  You do not need to be employed in order to qualify for this.

Remember Tax Credits payments generally can only be backdated for up to three months so make sure you find out if you are entitled to them as soon as possible. 

Child Benefit

Child benefit is designed for individuals that are responsible for a child.   The child does not have to live with the individual and Child Benefit doesn't affect your application for Tax Credits as it does not count as income. 

For further information and to find out if you meet the criteria to receive any of the above Tax Credits you can complete an online Tax Credits calculator 

Early Years Entitlement Grant 

Early Years Entitlement Grant is designed for individuals who are responsible for a 3 to 4 year old child.  It pays for 15 hours of nursery education for 38 weeks of the year.   For further information on this and other benefits and financial help please visit the following website: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds  

Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit

Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit is designed to help parents who work but receive a low income and pay for childcare.  The Government could pay up to 70% of your childcare cost depending if you meet the criteria. Please see the following webpage for further details:www.hmrc.gov.uk/leaflets/wtc5.pdf

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