Millions set to receive £500 working tax credit payment by April 23 - how to check if you're eligible

More than a million households claiming working tax credits could be eligible for a new one-off £500 payment.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 8:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 8:26 am

Households have been getting up to an extra £20 a week to support them during the pandemic, after the basic element of working tax credit was increased to more than £3,000, but that temporary rise is set to end on April 5 this year.

To help people with the transition, the Government is providing a one-off payment of £500.

HM Revenue & Customs said that if you’re part of a working household that receives tax credits, you may be eligible to receive that lump sum.

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Find out if you're eligible for the payment (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

-> Huge new B&M opens in Leeds creating 70 jobsIt says there is no need to apply for the new payment as thse who are entitled will automatically be contacted via text message or letter.

Those in line for the money, include people who as of March 2 this year receive:

Working tax credit payments

Both working tax credit and child tax credit payments

Child tax credit payments and are eligible for working tax credit but do not get a payment because their income is too high.

Anyone who is eligible should receive their payment by April 23.

-> Leeds Thorntons chocolate shop in White Rose centre to close permanentlyThe latest statistics show that in 2018/19 there were 3.3 million families claiming child tax credit and/or working tax credit, meaning hundreds of thousands of households could be in line to receive the windfall.

For more information about the payment and to find out whether you receive working tax credit and could be eligible to receive the money, visit