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Tax credits and benefits

Updated on 21 October 2020

This section provides details about tax credits if you are on a low income and/or responsible for any children.

Tax Credits and Benefits

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

For those earning £50,000 or more and entitled to child benefit, we have information about the high income child benefit charge in our section on:

Child benefit

Tax credits will eventually be replaced by universal credit which began to be introduced geographically in April 2013 and is now available across the UK. Most people can no longer make a brand new claim for tax credits. Eventually all existing tax credit claimants will also be moved to universal credit in a managed exercise and it is expected that this will happen between 2020 and 2024. This will follow a pilot involving up to 10,000 people who will be moved between July 2019 and July 2020. Due to the coronavirus situation, the managed migration pilot is currently suspended. You can find out more about the changes in our section on:

Universal credit

Where can I get more information?

The detail around how tax credits work can get complex. More information about all aspects of tax credits 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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