Tax credits and benefits

Updated on 12 April 2022

This section provides details about tax credits if you are on a low income and/or responsible for any children, basic information about child benefit and the high income child benefit charge and some information about universal credit. We also explain which state benefits are taxable and non-taxable.

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What information and help can I find in this section?

We have provided information about tax credits and benefits aimed at helping you navigate the often complicated system of support available, with links to more detailed guidance.

In this section, you will find information about tax credits covering the following subjects:

In our state benefits section we have provided a series of links to more detailed information:

State benefits

In this section we list most state benefits, with links to further information about each of them. We also show if the benefit is taxable or non-taxable and whether it counts as income for tax credit claims and universal credit claims.

Child benefit

In this section we look at how to claim child benefit and link to further guidance on how the high income child benefit charge (HICBC) works as well as looking at issues that arise for the HICBC on separation.

Universal credit

Tax credits are gradually being replaced by universal credit which began to be introduced geographically in April 2013 and is now available across the UK. HMRC state that it is no longer possible to make a brand new claim for tax credits. Eventually all existing tax credit claimants will also be moved to universal credit (or pension credit where appropriate) in a managed exercise and it is expected that this will be complete by the end of 2024.

Our UC section explains what UC is, how to make a claim for UC and who can make a claim for UC.

Where can I get more information?

The detail around how tax credits and universal credit work can be complex. More information about all aspects of tax credits, the move to universal credit and child benefit, including dealing with HMRC about tax credits/child benefit is available on our website for advisers – Revenuebenefits.

Information about tax credits, child benefit and other state benefits can also be found on GOV.UK.

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