Universal Credit will replace tax credits, Housing Benefit and some other benefits. You can’t claim Universal Credit and these other benefits at the same time.
Your tax credits award will end if:
- you or your partner claim Universal Credit
- you move in with a partner who has made a claim for Universal Credit
Once you’ve applied for Universal Credit, you’ll get a letter from HMRC (called your ‘award review’) to end your tax credit award. This is different to your normal tax credits renewal letter.
You’ll need to check and confirm your personal details and income. How you work out your income will depend if you’re:
Tax credit overpayments
Your award review letter may tell you that you need to pay back any tax credits overpayments when you end your tax credits.
You can also get a letter at a later date telling you that you need to repay an overpayment if:
- you had to make an ‘award declaration’, for example if you’re self-employed
- you had to report any changes from your award review
You’ll be told when repayments start to come out of your Universal Credit.
When you cannot get Universal Credit
You cannot get Universal Credit if any of the following apply:
- you have 3 or more children
- you do not live in a Universal Credit area
- you or your partner qualify for Pension Credit
If your tax credits claim ends and you cannot get Universal Credit, you’ll need to make a new claim for tax credits instead.