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Tax credits calculator - find out how much you can get

This calculator will tell you roughly how much tax credits you might be able to get - based on the current rates and income limits. It can't calculate what you might get in future years. The rates and income limits will be updated from 6 April 2012. The calculator should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

Before you start

Before you start, it's a good idea to have the following information to hand:

  • details of your income and, if you have one, your partner's income - your P60(s) for the year ended 5 April 2011 would be ideal
  • details of any benefits you are claiming, or have just stopped claiming
  • your usual working hours 
  • the average amount you spend each week on childcare

Tax credits calculator

If your income is likely to be lower this year than for last year

The calculator asks you for income for the last tax year. But if your income for this tax year (6 April 2011 to 5 April 2012) is likely to be lower, type in an estimate of this year’s income instead.

It's important to know that when you make your actual claim, you must enter last year’s income on the form. Your first tax credits award is always based on your previous year’s income.

Once you've got your award notice, tell the Tax Credit Office straight away - by calling the Tax Credit Helpline - if your income is going to be lower. They will use this new figure to re-work your tax credits.

If you pay childcare costs

If your childcare costs vary from week to week, do not use the worksheet provided with the calculator. You can get help with working out your average weekly costs instead by: 

  • going to the guide 'Childcare costs - how to work them out for your tax credits claim'
  • calling the Tax Credit Helpline

If you get Pension Credit

Don't use this calculator if you're on Pension Credit and you work more than 16 hours a week.

If this applies to you, call the Tax Credit Helpline for an estimate of how much tax credits you could get.

Your results

This calculator will give you an idea of how much you could get, based on the information you give.

The figure you see will be the total amount you could get between today's date and 5 April 2012. It is calculated using the current tax credits rates.

Although you will see your result as a lump sum, this will normally be paid in instalments every four weeks.

You can only order a claim pack by calling the Tax Credit Helpline. You can't apply online.

Once you've filled out the claim form, if you qualify, you’ll get an award notice telling you what your payments will be.

You can also get a rough idea of how much tax credits you can get for the current tax year (6 April 2011 to 5 April 2012) by using some 'at a glance' entitlement tables.

Provided by HM Revenue and Customs

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