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Had a baby and our Tax Credits have shot up! Can this be correct?

(11 Posts)
Ceolas Fri 18-Sep-09 12:56:35

We have had DC5 last month. Our TCs were previously about £40 a month. We are now apparently to get about £200. Surely this can't be right? hmm

pippel Fri 18-Sep-09 15:55:08

there is the baby element but that does seem a lot for it to have gone up by, I would give them a ring

echofalls Fri 18-Sep-09 15:57:54

probably the baby element has bumped it up

Ceolas Fri 18-Sep-09 16:40:40

I rang them and they said that is correct. Still feel very nervous as we seem to hear so many cock-up stories about TCs...

Wonderstuff Fri 18-Sep-09 16:43:13

If it is a cock up and you have given all the right info and checked (ie it is there cock up) you won't have to pay it back if they decide, next week, month, or year that in fact they were wrong. But there is a baby element that applies for the first year which might explain it... smile

ChopsTheDuck Fri 18-Sep-09 16:46:44

check it on www.entitledto.com

easymover Fri 18-Sep-09 17:18:16

This should help tax credit rates

nappyaddict Fri 18-Sep-09 17:19:15

The baby element is about £50 or £60 so that would be right.

easymover Sat 19-Sep-09 09:23:21

sorry this might help blush

HappyMummyOfOne Sat 19-Sep-09 12:12:28

It doesnt sound right if you were on min tax credits before as a second child makes no difference on basic tax credits other than the baby element for the first year which is £50 extra a month.

If you have childcare costs for both then this ca make a difference.

HappyMummyOfOne Sat 19-Sep-09 12:12:59

Oops sorry, just seen you have 5 children so ignore above.

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