tax credits

  • Tax credits and early years e-bulletin - Scotland


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    Our monthly tax credits e-bulletin keeps you up to date with tax credits news and developments. You can read past editions by following the links below, or sign up to the e-bulletin here.

  • Tax credits and early years project


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    We want to contribute to a reduction in the number of families living in poverty in Scotland by maximizing the potential income available to them through the social security system. As the system moves from tax credits to universal credit over the next few years, our focus is on the families who rely on this vital support, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable families including:

  • Appeal rights and tax credits

    Issue 262 (February 2018)
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    We now know that in benefits an appeal right still exists even where the DWP refuses to carry out a mandatory reconsideration on grounds of lateness. But what about tax credits and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)? Mark Willis explains.

  • Tax credits: moving on to universal credit


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    This factsheet explains what happens to your tax credit award with the introduction of a new benefit, universal credit.

    It contains information that is relevant UK-wide, with more detail on areas in Scotland where universal credit is being introduced.

  • Scepticism and scrutiny in HMRC appeals

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
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    Ros White considers a recent judgment warning to First-tier Tribunals not to take HMRC submissions at face value.

  • Childcare support for working families

    Level: Basic

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    This half-day course is for people working in childcare and early years, who want to know more about the support available for working families and help them to avoid common benefit problems. It concentrates on who can get help with the costs of childcare through the social security system, and how this interacts with other sources of support, including the new tax-free childcare scheme. No previous knowledge of benefits is required.

    It will help you to:

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  • Two-child limit in UC and tax credits


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    The two-child limit is perhaps the most controversial welfare reform measure yet, affecting large numbers of low-income families both in and out of work. This half-day course looks in detail at how it is being implemented, who is affected and when exceptions apply. It also provides participants with an opportunity to explore implications in the context of human rights and share updates on legal challenges.

    The course covers:

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  • Benefits and tax credits for students


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    This factsheet gives a general overview of the benefits and tax credits that students may be eligible to claim.

  • ‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
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    Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

    NB: The 'interim period' during which transitional protection applies in universal credit to children born before 6 April 2017 has now been extended to 31 January 2019 following November 2018 Budget announcement.

  • Tax credits toolkit


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    What to do when things go wrong with tax credits

    See our factsheet, Tax credits: challenging decisions for more detail on how to identify what decision has been made on your tax credits. If you have been overpaid, the first thing to do is to check whether the decision which created the overpayment is correct. See our factsheet, Tax credit overpayments for more detail on overpayments.