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Social Security Benefits and Tax

Which social security benefits are taxable, and which are non taxable?

www.direct.gov.uk has easy to follow guidelines on what is and what isn’t taxable income and/or benefits:

For example, some taxable benefits are:

·        Some Incapacity Benefit payments - not taxable for the first 28 weeks 
·        Some Income Support payments - not taxable if you haven't signed on as unemployed and you're looking for work
·         Jobseeker's Allowance, as discussed above
·         Statutory Sick Pay
·         Statutory Maternity Pay
·         Widowed Parent's Allowance
·         Employment and Support Allowance - 'contribution' based (if you have paid enough National Insurance contributions) even throughout the assessment phase. www.dwp.gov.uk/esa/pdfs/overview.pdf

 

Non-taxable benefits include:

·         Back to Work Bonus
·         Child Benefit
·         Child Tax Credits
·         Disability Living Allowance
·         Maternity Allowance, not to be confused with SMP
·         Working Tax Credit
·         Employment and Support Allowance - income based (if you haven't paid enough National Insurance contributions) even throughout the assessment phase.

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