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Working tax credits for over 50s
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pixiechick
Old 25-04-2012, 10:17 AM
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Default Working tax credits for over 50s

When I was claiming JSA a couple of years ago, I was told that, after claiming for 6 months, I would be entitled to WTC if I got a job of 16+hours not the usual 30 hours.

I'm claiming JSA again and have seen a job working 24 hours a week. As I've been claiming for more than 6 months I checked on the calculator to see how much WTC I would be entitled to. I was surprised when it said that I wasn't entitled to any tax credits (I'm a single person in my 50s and not disabled.)

When I looked on direct.gov it said that you entitled to WTC if you were over 60 and worked 16+ hours per week.

Have the government changed this and I haven't heard about it?

If it means that I can't claim WTC, there will be no point me applying as I would be worse off once tax, NI and travelling costs are taken into account. It's so annoying because I want to work but I can't afford to be worse off than on JSA.
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Old 25-04-2012, 10:21 AM
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Yes the over 50 tax credits element has been abolished.
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Old 25-04-2012, 6:04 PM
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Here's the link on direct.gov that makes it clear.
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