Before April 2012, couples responsible for children, with one partner working at least 16 hours a week could get Working Tax Credit.
From 6 April 2012, the rules for couples with children have changed. Single people who are responsible for children (for example single parents) are not affected by the new rules.
If you're a couple with children, your joint working hours now usually need to be at least 24 a week to qualify.
- if you both work your joint weekly hours must be at least 24, with one of you working at least 16 hours a week
- if only one of you works, that person must be working at least 24 hours a week
If neither of these applies, your Working Tax Credit will probably stop from 6 April 2012.
By Jo Nockels
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