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Tax Credits

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13 Aug 12 #349292 by Che
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Hi. I have received my tax credit notification which is to be paid at £230 per week (child tax credit - 3 children - and working tax credit). This was far higher than I expected, based on my income last year of £10,000. I am concerned that this will effect my legal aid (I currently pay a contribution of £25 per month). I am in full time employment now (part time last year), earning between £275-£295 per week. I am on a temp contract, renewable monthly. I am concerned that my tax credits will mean I am no longer entitled to legal aid and would be unable to fund my legal costs myself as I pay the bills and all costs for the children. My ex pays the mortgage and we still live both live in the matrimonial home pending the outcome of proceedings (first hearing in November).

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13 Aug 12 #349294 by redwine47
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Hi... I was on a temporary 6 month contract last year earning 600 per month with 500 pm tax credits & was refused legal aid. When my contract ended & I was unemployed I reapplied.

Legal aid was granted with contribution of 180 per month (shocking) I am struggling & queried this with LSC they say contributions based on yearly income even though not working for a full Year.

It mite be worth checking with your legal team or the LSC.

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13 Aug 12 #349310 by WYSPECIAL
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Che wrote:

Hi. I have received my tax credit notification which is to be paid at £230 per week (child tax credit - 3 children - and working tax credit). This was far higher than I expected, based on my income last year of £10,000. I am concerned that this will effect my legal aid (I currently pay a contribution of £25 per month). I am in full time employment now (part time last year), earning between £275-£295 per week. I am on a temp contract, renewable monthly. I am concerned that my tax credits will mean I am no longer entitled to legal aid and would be unable to fund my legal costs myself as I pay the bills and all costs for the children. My ex pays the mortgage and we still live both live in the matrimonial home pending the outcome of proceedings (first hearing in November).

Che :S

Might also be worth telling tax credit office that your salary has increased so much or you may get nothing next year.

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13 Aug 12 #349313 by Che
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That''s the thing....I have told them what my current earnings are, the tax credits are based on last year''s earnings, next year I prob won''t get anything if I stay in this job (but that''s unlikely). I even rang them to query it because it seemed higher than I was expecting but figures they say are right.

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14 Aug 12 #349346 by sim5355
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hi! this will effect your legal aid as i had similar position and lost mine.

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