1. Your family lives abroad

Your partner isn’t in the UK and you don’t have children

You may get Working Tax Credit as a single person if you’ve come to the UK, are working and your partner has stayed behind in their own country.

You’ll need to let the Tax Credit Office know within a month if your partner joins you in the UK. This is because your tax credits payments may change.

You have a child who lives abroad

You may also be able to get Child Tax Credit if you have a child and:

  • you work in the UK
  • you have a right to reside in the UK
  • you pay National Insurance contributions here
  • your child lives in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or in Switzerland with your partner or someone else - and depends on you to support them

You usually can’t claim for a child who lives outside the EEA or Switzerland. There’s an exception if your partner is a Crown servant posted abroad.

You’ll need to let the Tax Credit Office know within a month if your partner and child join you in the UK. This is because your tax credits payments may change.

Your partner gets benefits in another EEA country or Switzerland

If you’ve got children and your partner gets benefits paid by another EEA country or Switzerland, this may affect your tax credits.

Some benefits are counted as income, eg benefits paid because of unemployment. Others, like family benefits, aren’t.