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Personal tax credits statistics

This section contains summary statistics about individuals and households claiming Working Tax Credits (WTC) and/or Child Tax Credits (CTC).

The publications include numbers benefiting from individual elements such as childcare and disability, average entitlements, and income band breakdowns.

Personal tax credits

Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) replaced Working Families’ Tax Credit, Disabled Person’s Tax Credit and Children’s Tax Credit in April 2003.

CTC brings together income related support for children and for qualifying young people aged 16-19 who are in full time non-advanced education or approved training into a single tax credit, payable to the main carer. Families can claim whether or not the adults are in work.

WTC provides in work support for people on low incomes, with or without children. A family will normally be eligible for WTC if it contains one of the following:

  • a single person who is responsible for a child or young person and works at least 16 hours a week
  • a couple who are responsible for a child or young person, and who jointly work 24 hours or more per week (NB one adult must be working at least 16 hours)
  • a person who is receiving or has recently received a qualifying sickness or disability related benefit and has a disability that puts them at a disadvantage of getting a job, and who works at least 16 hours per week
  • a person is aged 60 or over and works at least 16 hours per week

If none of the above applies, then a person will still be eligible for WTC if they are aged 25 and over and work 30 hours or more a week.

Tax credits are based on household circumstances and can be claimed jointly by members of a couple, or by singles. Entitlement is based on factors such as: age, income, hours worked, number and age of children, childcare costs and disabilities.

Child poverty statistics (national indicator 116) (now Children in low-income families local measure)

Pre-2011 statistics are available from the National Archives using the following link:

Bespoke analysis of tax credits data is possible although there may be a charge depending on the level of complexity and the resources required to produce. If you would like to discuss your requirements, to comment on the current publications, or for further information about the tax credits statistics please contact us.

Older statistics

Older published statistics are available from the National Archives at the following link:

Feedback

HMRC is committed to improving the official statistics they publish. We want to encourage and promote user engagement, so we can improve the statistical outputs. HMRC would welcome any views you have by email to benefitsandcredits.analysis@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk . We will undertake to review user comments on a quarterly basis and use this information to influence the development of our official statistics. HMRC will summarise and publish user comments at regular intervals.

Statistics for Working Families’ and Disabled Person’s Tax Credit

These are available from the national archives website using the links below:

Official statistics: National

  1. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards - 2016 to 2017
  2. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards - 2015 to 2016
  3. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards - 2014 to 2015
  4. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards - 2013 to 2014
  5. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards: 2012 to 2013
  6. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards: 2011 to 2012
  7. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards, supplement on payments - 2016 to 2017
  8. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards, supplement on payments - 2015 to 2016
  9. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards, supplement on payments - 2014 to 2015
  10. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards, supplement on payments - 2013 to 2014
  11. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards, supplement on payments: 2012 to 2013
  12. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards, supplement on payments: 2011 to 2012
  13. Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - geographical statistics 2016 to 2017
  14. Personal tax credits: Finalised award statistics - geographical statistics 2015 to 2016
  15. Personal tax credits: Finalised award statistics - geographical statistics 2014 to 2015
  16. Personal tax credits: Finalised award statistics - geographical statistics 2013 to 2014
  17. Personal tax credits: Finalised award statistics - geographical statistics 2012 to 2013
  18. Personal tax credits: Finalised award statistics - geographical statistics 2011 to 2012
  19. Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone) 2016 to 2017
  20. Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone) 2015 to 2016
  21. Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone) 2014 to 2015
  22. Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone) 2013 to 2014
  23. Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone) 2012/13
  24. Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone)
  25. Personal tax credits: provisional statistics
  26. Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: provisional awards geographical analyses

Offical statistics: Other

  1. Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of 2 children, April 2018
  2. Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) take-up rates 2015 to 2016
  3. Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) take-up rates 2014 to 2015
  4. Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) take-up rates 2013 to 2014
  5. Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) take-up rates 2012 to 2013
  6. Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) take-up rates 2011 to 2012
  7. Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) take up rates 2010 to 2011
  8. Working Tax Credit: take-up of Childcare Element 2008 to 2009
  9. Personal tax credits: children in low-income families local measure: 2015 snapshot at 31 August 2015
  10. Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families local measure: 2014 snapshot as at 31 August 2014: 30 September 2016
  11. Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families local measure: 2013 snapshot as at 31 August 2013
  12. Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families local measure: 2012 snapshot as at 31 August 2012
  13. Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families local measure
  14. Quality report: finalised Tax Credit publications
  15. Child and Working Tax Credits error and fraud statistics 2016 to 2017
  16. Child and Working Tax Credits error and fraud statistics 2015 to 2016
  17. Child and Working Tax Credits error and fraud statistics 2014 to 2015
  18. Child and Working Tax Credits error and fraud statistics 2013 to 2014
  19. Child and Working Tax Credits error and fraud statistics 2012 to 2013
Published 9 July 2013
Last updated 31 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. The document Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone) 2016 to 2017' has been added to the "Official statistics: National" collection.
  2. The document 'Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children, April 2018' has been added to the Official Statistics collection.
  3. An update of the Children in low-incomes families series (2015)
  4. Update to the Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit Take-up rates publication
  5. Addition to the collection: Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics - small area data (LSOA and Data Zone) 2015 to 2016
  6. Added Personal tax credits: Finalised award statistics - geographical statistics 2015 to 2016
  7. Added Child and Working Tax Credits annual error and fraud statistics 2015 to 2016, Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards - 2015 to 2016, and Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards, supplement on payments - 2015 to 2016
  8. Added Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit take-up rates 2014 to 2015
  9. New Tax Credits statistics for 2014 to 2015 added
  10. Added Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit take-up rates 2013 to 2014
  11. latest publication added
  12. 2013-14 Child and Working Tax Credits Error and Fraud statistics added to collection
  13. Added Child and Working Tax Credits statistics for 2013 to 2014.
  14. Take-up statistics for 2012/13 have been added and a number of previous publications have been amended.
  15. This pasge has been updated with new Children in low-income families local measure statistics.
  16. LSOA and Data Zone finalised statistics have been added for 2012/13.
  17. Finalised Tax Credits National Statistics have been added for the tax year 2012 to 2013.
  18. A link to older versions Personal Tax Credits statistics and to Child Poverty statistics specifically have been added.
  19. Added more statistics.
  20. Added the document Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics: Provisional Awards - December 2013 to the collection. Added the document Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics: Provisional Awards Geographical Analyses - December 2013 to the collection.
  21. First published.