1. Your family lives abroad

If your partner isn’t in the UK - and you don’t have children

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

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

Your child lives abroad

If you’re working, you’ll normally just get paid Working Tax Credit as a single person.

Because you have a child, you may be able to get Child Tax Credit as well if:

  • 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

Usually, you can’t claim for a child who lives outside the EEA or Switzerland. An exception to this is if your partner is a Crown servant posted abroad.

If your partner and child join you in the UK you’ll need to let the Tax Credit Office know within a month. 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, these may affect your tax credits.

Some benefits are counted as income, for example benefits paid because of unemployment, but others - like family benefits - aren’t. If your partner does get family benefits paid by another EEA country, it may affect the amount of Child Tax Credit you’re paid.

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