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    • Batman 100
    • By Batman 100 4th Oct 16, 5:54 PM
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    Confused by tax credits
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    • 4th Oct 16, 5:54 PM
    Confused by tax credits 4th Oct 16 at 5:54 PM
    Hi

    I started a new job 5 weeks ago and got my first tax credits payment today. It was vastly over what I was expecting, so I've just been on the phone to the tax credits helpline and I was amazed by what the guy in the call centre told me.

    Basically, I earn £225 per week before tax (£7.50ph x 30hr per week), I'm single, have no children and am not disabled. Before I submitted my claim I entered my details in to an online benefits calculator and was told I'd be eligible for £11.39 a week in working tax credits.

    But instead of receiving £56.95 for my first 5 weeks payments I received £161.64. I called the HMRC helpline and the guy on the phone said this is right because the online calculator assumes I'd be claiming for the whole of the 2016/17 tax year and not just part of it. He said my award is for the total year and will be paid over the remainder of it in weekly installments.

    This took me by surprise as I couldn't understand why the government would be paying me tax credits for a period of time (April 6th until when I started my current job) when I wasn't eligible for them. For part of that time I was working in a higher paid job and part of that time I was claiming JSA.

    I've never claimed tax credits before and I'm not 100% sure how this very confusing system works. I don't want to end up in a situation where I get a demand for repayments at the end of that tax year.

    I was wondering if anyone could make sure I've got this right and put my mind at rest.

    Thanks.
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    • Batman 100
    • By Batman 100 9th Oct 16, 10:20 PM
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    I would provide an estimate based on working until the end of the year. You are always best to overestimate to avoid overpayments.

    And yes you would need to include the pay rise as it falls in this tax year.
    Originally posted by Darksparkle
    Thank you. I've recalculated my estimated total earnings for this year, updated my online tax profile, now I've just got to wait for HMRC to get back to me.
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