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Tax credits

Both Child tax and working tax credits have been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.

You can only make a new claim if you get the severe disability premium (SDP) within an income based benefit or got it within the past month and still qualify for it. This is known as the SDP gateway.

If you are still able to claim child tax credits you can claim up until 31 August after their 16th birthday. You can claim until their 20th birthday, if the child is in approved education or training.

If you are still able to claim working tax credits the qualifying rules and how much you will be paid depends on the hours of paid work you do each week. It also depends on your income and circumstances.

If you are currently in receipt of working tax credits and/or child tax credits you will be migrated over to Universal Credit at some point in the future. You will be contacted by the DWP and invited to make a claim.

Call the tax credit helpline on 0345 300 3900 for any queries relating to your current award of tax credits.

How to contact us

You can get in touch with the Tackling Poverty Team by emailing or by calling the team on 01698 332551.

Page last updated:
15 Sep 2022

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