Tax credits

Welfare Rights - Tax Credits block

There are two types of tax credits: child tax credit is for people with children; working tax credit is for people in work, on a low income. This page lists all our adviser resources on tax credits.

Key resources


  • Tax credits: win some, lose some more

    Issue 221 (April 2011)
    article

    Mark Willis looks at the impact of the new rules affecting tax credits which came into force on 6 April 2011.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

  • Dealing with delays

    Issue 217 (August 2010)
    article

    Martin Williams considers the tactics available to advisers to combat delays in the administration of benefits and tax credits.

  • Tax credits update

    Issue 216 (June 2010)
    article

    Mark Willis explains some recent changes to the tax credits rules and looks at possible future reform by the new Government.

  • Tax credits: offsetting overpayments

    Issue 214 (February 2010)
    article

    Sarah Clarke provides an update on the 'offsetting' of overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

  • Tax Credits: ‘technical overpayments’ and ‘offsetting’

    Issue 211 (August 2009)
    article

    David Simmons examines the current state of play on the recurring issue of tax credits overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

  • Tax credit crunch

    Issue 209 (April 2009)
    article

    Tax credits were designed to be responsive and flexible, supposedly delivering support to reflect families' current needs and resources. Mark Willis looks at how the system responds to the effects of the recession.

  • Tax credits: changes and performance

    Issue 201 (February 2008)
    article

    Nearly five years on, and the tax credits scheme still appears to be a work in progress. Mark Willis looks at some of the latest changes and performance.

  • Tax credits: getting it wrong? – again

    Issue 201 (December 2007)
    article

    Two years on from her first report on the administration of tax credits, Tax credits: putting things right, the Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham has produced a second report, Tax credits: getting it wrong? Beth Lakhani outlines the report's main findings and recommendations.

  • Tax credit administration errors

    Issue 200 (October 2007)
    article

    On 25 July 2007, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Kennedy MP, issued a statement relating to administrative errors concerning some finalised awards for 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06. The finalised award is a conclusive award and can only be revised under certain legal provisions. However some finalised awards were corrected – following information passed to the Revenue – using an incorrect procedure. Beth Lakhani looks at what this means for the awards concerned and provides some detail of the enquiry process.