How to claim
Working Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.
You can still make a new claim for Working Tax Credit if:
- you have 3 or more children - they must be under 17 (or under 20 and in eligible education or training)
- you or your partner have reached Pension Credit qualifying age
- you get the severe disability premium or got it in the past month and are still eligible for it
If you cannot make a new claim for tax credits, apply for Universal Credit instead.
Start a claim
Call HM Revenue and Customs to make a new claim for Working Tax Credit. It can take up to 5 weeks to process a new claim.
You can claim after starting a new job, at any time of the year.
If you’re on benefits (for example Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income Support), you can usually start claiming 7 days before you start a new job.
You’ll be asked for some information and given an estimate of how much you’ll get. You may be asked for:
- your National Insurance number (if you have one)
- your income for the last tax year
- details of any benefits you get
- details of any childcare payments
- the number of hours you work per week
HM Revenue and Customs
Telephone: 0345 300 3900
Textphone: 0345 300 3909
Outside UK: +44 2890 538 192
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
Sunday, 9am to 5pm
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