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Part time employed, part time self employed. Can I apply for WTC?

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  • Jita76Jita76 Forumite
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    Its DLA and only for the mobility issues he gets.
    Are we claiming too much? We have told all the information to HMRC and I have telephoned them and informed them as things have changed (my hours).
    I will call HMRC in the morning, this is all a minefield
  • poppy12345poppy12345 Forumite
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    I would start with your partner ringing ESA to ask what exactly their claim is, part of it is Contributions based but you need to check that part of it isn't income related.
    I wouldn't advise ringing HMRC for benefit advice, you'll need a benefits adviser for that.
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    calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    edited 5 July 2020 at 1:18PM
    Icequeen1 said: And if it is CBESA - the OP would only need to work 16 hours to qualify for WTC. Not 24. If the partner counts as 'incapacitated' the 24 hour requirement is reduced to 16. OP - i suggest you speak to a benefits specialist to go through your situation before you do anything. Income related ESA passports you to maximum tax credits, but can end up in a constant circularity because WTC is then taken into account for ESA. You need to check with HMRC if your already qualify for WTC. 
    In which case possibly incorrect that WTC were stopped when hours dropped from 24 to 21 and OP's original question, which is based on premise that hours of work needs be increased, is irrelevant.
    Jita76 said:
    He has been on it a good while was previous on incapacity benefit. We got wtc when I worked 24 hours 2 years ago but I contract dropped to 21 which I told them at that point and they said I was no longer entitled to wtc because of these hours?I'm so confused now
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Jita76Jita76 Forumite
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    We will do thankyou so much for all your advise 
  • Icequeen1Icequeen1 Forumite
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    calcotti said:
    Icequeen1 said: And if it is CBESA - the OP would only need to work 16 hours to qualify for WTC. Not 24. If the partner counts as 'incapacitated' the 24 hour requirement is reduced to 16. OP - i suggest you speak to a benefits specialist to go through your situation before you do anything. Income related ESA passports you to maximum tax credits, but can end up in a constant circularity because WTC is then taken into account for ESA. You need to check with HMRC if your already qualify for WTC. 
    In which case possibly incorrect that WTC were stopped when hours dropped from 24 to 21 and OP's original question, which is based on premise that hours of work needs be increased, is irrelevant.
    Jita76 said:
    He has been on it a good while was previous on incapacity benefit. We got wtc when I worked 24 hours 2 years ago but I contract dropped to 21 which I told them at that point and they said I was no longer entitled to wtc because of these hours?I'm so confused now
    Yes, it sounds like HMRC were incorrect to stop the WTC when the hours change occurred. If he is on DLA - then he is classed as incapacitated and so the OP only needs to work 16 hours for WTC. 
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