Working Tax Credit

Treasury written question – answered on 8th November 2021.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee, Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to amend the existing work taper for Working Tax Credits in line with the changes to the earnings taper on universal credit.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The changes to the Universal Credit (UC) taper rate and work allowances announced at Autumn Budget 2021 apply to UC only, and the withdrawal rate in tax credits will remain at 41 per cent.

It is possible for tax credits claimants to make a new UC claim to benefit from the changes to the taper rate and work allowances, if they wish, although the government would strongly encourage making use of an independent benefit calculator before applying, to check UC entitlement.

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