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How much Working Tax Credit can I get for 16 hours a week?

Published 19 February 2017 by

When you’re in work or working part-time, you could still struggle to afford all of your bills. That’s why you want to make sure you can claim all of the benefits you can.

Working Tax Credit is for people who work at least 16 hours a week – so if you’re working part-time, it might be a good way to boost your income. But how much can you get? And if you’ve got a partner, does their work affect your Working Tax Credit as well? We’ll take you through how it all works.

What you can claim

Working Tax Credit can help you get by if you’re on a low income. You might be able to get it if you’re single, if you’re in a couple, if you’re disabled or if you have children – it all depends on your situation. Here are the minimum hours you’ll need to work to get Working Tax Credit.

Your circumstances

Minimum working hours a week

Disabled

16

Single with one or more children

16

Couple with one or more children

24 hours combined, and one must work at least 16 hours

Age 25-59

30

Age 60+

16

If you’re a single parent or a couple, you can get up to £2,010 Working Tax Credit if you work 16 hours a week – this is for the 2016/17 tax year. You can get up to £2,970 a year if you have a disability and if you’re severely disabled, you might also be able to get up to an extra £1,275 a year.

You can also get extra help through Working Tax Credits if you’ve got a child in approved or registered childcare. This is up to £122.50 a week if you’ve got one child in childcare or up to £210 for two or more children.

The amount of Working Tax Credit you can get depends on how much you earn. There’s no clear income threshold for this but you can see the tax credit entitlement tables on the Government website.

You’ll usually get your Working Tax Credit payment every four weeks or every week into your bank account. And if you’re claiming as a couple, you’ll need to choose whose account you want this to go into.

What if I work less?

You have to be working at least 16 hours or more in a week to get Working Tax Credit – so if you’re on 15 hours or less, you won’t qualify.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t claim anything. Check out our blog to see what you can get if you work less than 16 hours in a week – including Income Support, Child Tax Credit and Jobseekers Allowance. And if you’re working more, we’ve got you covered – find out what other benefits you can get if you work 16 hours or more.

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