Eligibility depends on your age and how many hours of paid work you do a week. Your income and circumstances will also affect how much you get.
Use the tax credits questionnaire to check if you qualify.
You must be 16 or over to qualify. You must be 25 or over if you don’t have children or you don’t have a disability.
Hours you work
You must work a certain number of hours a week to qualify.
|Circumstance||Hours a week|
|Aged 25 to 59||At least 30 hours|
|Aged 60 or over||At least 16 hours|
|Disabled||At least 16 hours|
|Single with 1 or more children||At least 16 hours|
|Couple with 1 or more children||Usually, at least 24 hours between you (with 1 of you working at least 16 hours)|
A child is someone who is under 16 (or under 20 if they’re in approved education or training).
Use the tax credits calculator to check if you work the right number of hours.
You can apply for Working Tax Credit if you’re on leave.
Exceptions for couples with at least one child
You can claim if you work less than 24 hours a week between you and one of the following applies:
- you work at least 16 hours a week and you’re disabled or aged 60 or above
- you work at least 16 hours a week and your partner is entitled to Carer’s Allowance or is in hospital or prison
The work must last at least 4 weeks (or you must expect it to last 4 weeks) and must be paid.
This can include payment in kind (eg farm produce for a farm labourer) or where you expect to be paid for the work.
Paid work does not include money paid:
- for a ‘Rent a Room’ scheme
- for work done while in prison
- as a grant for training or studying
- as a sports award
There’s no set limit for income because it depends on your circumstances (and those of your partner). For example, £18,000 for a couple without children or £13,100 for a single person without children - but it can be higher if you have children, pay for approved childcare or one of you is disabled.
Use the tax credits calculator to check if your income is too high for tax credits.