Working Tax Credit

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Working Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.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:

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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