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“Claim the tax credits you’re due”, says Meg

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Tax Credit rates are increasing from the 6th April and Heeley MP Meg Munn is encouraging local low-paid workers to claim, even if they don’t have children. The Government has raised the earnings threshold for Working Tax Credit, which means that many more workers in Heeley and across Sheffield could qualify for extra cash.


Meg said:


“This is good news. It’s important that everyone in Sheffield gets the money they are entitled to.  Claiming is easy you can do it online or over the phone.  The main thing is that you do it straight away as your claim dates from the time that you call or claim online, so the earlier you do this, the more you can claim.”   


John Hannett, the General Secretary for Usdaw, the shopworkers’ union, added:


“Working Tax Credit has been available to people without children for several years, and Usdaw has helped many of our members in Sheffield to claim.  We are pleased that the Government has now extended Tax Credits to include many shopworkers without children who work a standard week, and may now be able to claim tax credits for the first time. Claiming Tax Credits means that they will be able to enjoy a better standard of living.”


Workers without children can qualify for Working Tax Credit if they:

  • are over 25 years old
  • work at least 30 hours a week
  • are on an income below:
    • 12,740 a year (245 a week) if single
    • 17,160 a year (330 a week) joint income if in a couple.  

Workers with children can also claim if one parent works for at least 16 hours a week and the household income is less than:

  • 438 a week (22,800 a year) if you have one child
  • 541 a week (28,150 a year) if you have two children
  • 644 a week (33,500 a year) if you have three children. 

If you think you could qualify, call the helpline on 0845 300 3900 or claim online at www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits.

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