Self-employed: Welfare Tax Credits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd December 2015.

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Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Minister (Treasury), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.123 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what assessment he has made of the effect of uprating the individual threshold in the minimum income floor for self-employed people on the household income of a tax credit claimant family with two children and one self-employed earner under the age of 25 earning £12,194 over the course of a year.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

There is no Minimum Income Floor (MIF) in the tax credit system.

In Universal Credit the MIF is designed to address issues in the current system which enable self-employed claimants to receive full State support while declaring low or zero earnings indefinitely.

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