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20 Apr 10 #199462 by L4N
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Hi can anyone give me some advice regarding Child & working tax credits?

I am I right in saying that child tax credits are totally separate to child benefit that we already get for our kids?

Also as we have 2 kids and I am basically out of the house and its up for sale. Can my wife start claiming for this credit?

My wife works 2 1/2 days a week and earns 21000 yearly. Works at least 16 hours a week.
I asked the HMRC help line if she would be able to claim for working tax credits and was told no because of her earnings.
But when I went thru the eligibility questionnaire it came out saying she would be entitled to just over 3000.

So a bit misleading!

If anyone knows more about both of the above and can let me know that would be great.

Thanks

L4N

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20 Apr 10 #199465 by matt2
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Hi
You could try putting details into here it gives an idea of entitlement to all benefits

www.turn2us.org.uk/benefits_search.aspx

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20 Apr 10 #199466 by L4N
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Thanks Matt will check it out.

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20 Apr 10 #199476 by chris75
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As far as i am aware you are entitled to claim WTC if you work at least 16 hours per week and there is an additional element if working 30 hours or more. also a single parent and a disabled element.
Yes, Child benefit is separate to Tax Credits and it is not means tested.
I would be back on to the helpline because in my experience these guys are not infallible!

All the best, chris.

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20 Apr 10 #199479 by scatsmum
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Child Tax Credits and Working tax credits are 2 separate things. When we were a family, because of STBX earnings, we only received a tiny bit of Working tax Credits, no Child Tax Credit at all. Now, even though we are still in the same house, I claim Child Tax Credit for myself and my daughter - I don't work so can't get Working Tax credits obviously :laugh:
As STBX has completely cut me off financialy, the Tax Credits have been a saviour for me. Maybe you're wife will be entitled to the Child Tax element even if she earns too much for the Working Tax part :)

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22 Apr 10 #199783 by L4N
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Thanks Chris,

Read your post re Standing your ground. Good on you mate. Keep it up.
I need to start doing more of that!

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22 Apr 10 #199784 by L4N
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Thanks SM,

I went to HMRC to get the forms for my wife and they were like your wife has to do it.
Jesus how stupid its only bloody forms. Anyway I will let her know.

I am still paying for everything so its as much to give me a little bit of breathing space and extra money for wife and kids.

We used to live off what was left of my salary after paying mortgage etc then her wages. So before it was split between 4 now its just split between 3. So she is better off. Kinda annoying as I am not really in the house much anymore as she has forced me out and I did as I din't want our kds coming and goin just because we couldn't act lke adults about all our troubles.

L4N

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