Who is Eligible for Working Tax Credit?

Working tax credit is a benefit given to a person aged 16 -24 and who has a child or a disability that qualifies for such a benefit. It is also ava ilable to people above 25 years with or without children. To be eligible you must meet several conditions.

Working hours

The following conditions regarding the number of hours worked should be met for one to be eligible depending on their status, age and whether they are disabled or not;

For disabled people – you must work at least 16 hours every week to qualify.

For people aged 25 to 59 – you must work at least 30 hours weekly to qualify

For people aged 60 or more – you must work at least 16 hours per week to qualify

For a single parent with one or more children – you must work at least 16 hours every week to qualify and

For a couple with one or more children – both should work at least a total of 24 hours a week with one of the partners working at least 16 hours. It can also be claimed if one partner works at least 16 hours but the other is incapacitated  or if one is aged 60 and above but works at least 16 hours a week.

A child in this case is considered to be anyone under the age or 16 or under the age of 20 if they are in education or training that is approved. Approved education does not include higher education in the universities and approved training does not include courses paid for by the employer.

What kind of work is considered?

Work that is employed work or self employment is considered. To be eligible in self employment then your work must be profit oriented and it must be organized and commercial. There should also be clear records of the business. Monies paid in prison, or grants for studying / training or a sports award are not considered as paid work.

What is the limit on the income?

There is no limit set on the income because as it will depend on your situations and those of your partner if it’s a couple.  It will depend on whether you have children, whether you are disabled, whether you are single or a couple and whether you pay for any approved child care. These situations will be used to determine your limit.

Are there any other limitations on eligibility?

Yes. You cannot get working tax credit if you are receiving the universal credit. Also if you do not show all the documentation required especially if you are self employed then you will not be eligible. Age is another limitation for eligibility. You should be over 16 years of age and above 25 years if you don’t have children or a disability.