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child tax credits for self employed

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Sunbeam18 Wed 25-Nov-15 15:00:57

Hi - I started being self employed in September 2014 so haven't yet filed a tax return. Prior to this I was made redundant while on maternity leave. Where do I begin in terms of finding out about child tax credits and if I'm due any? How do I handle requests about my previous year income if I was not earning for most of it (though now am)?

talkinnpeace Wed 25-Nov-15 17:05:59

You need to work out your net income (ie the taxable part) a per here
www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-credits-working-out-income
If its less than 16 hours worth of NMW you'll be counted as a hobby and expected to seek real work

Babyroobs Wed 25-Nov-15 17:06:44

You give them last years income, then if this years income is going to be significantlylower, you ring them and give an estimate of your earnings for 2015-16. They should then base the award on this years estimate. be aware if yur income exceeds what you estimated you will owe them money back.

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