Hello, I'm a foster carer who didn't realise I should be paying taxes! I've been fostering for almost 2 years now.
At the moment I claim income support whilst I have a placement and job seekers allowance when I don't. I also get council tax reduction and free prescriptions/dental treatment etc whilst claiming these.
My question is, if I register as self employed, I'm under the impression that I can claim working tax credit, is that right? Do you know how much it is a week (income support and job seekers is around £70 a week). Also win WTC can I still get council tax reduction and free prescriptions etc?
You need to register as self employed. You don't usually have to pay tax as the allowances are very generous. You get a personal allowance and an allowance for each child. We have one child long term and I pay no tax. I have a birth child and my partner is on a low income so we claim working tax credit and child tax credit for birth child.