Tax Credits: Social security income

For tax credit purposes, taxable social security benefits are taken into account as income and non-taxable benefits are ignored. The TC600 guidance notes (page 11) show which benefits to include.

State retirement pension is not included here as social security income but HMRC ask for it to be included under 'other income' in box 5.6 of the claim form (see below) - the significance is that the other income category is broadly the Step One equivalent and therefore eligible for the £300 deduction.

Welfare Supplementary Payments (WSP) have been introduced in Northern Ireland only to reduce the impact of some welfare changes including the introduction of the benefit cap, changes to employment and support allowance and personal independence payment, loss of disability premiums/elements in certain benefits, loss of carer's allowance in some cases, universal credit and changes to housing benefit. Claimants may be eligible for more than one WSP if applicable. These are awarded automatically and there is no need to claim them. The broad principle is that the tax - and therefore tax credit - treatment of a WSP paid by the NI Executive follows the tax (and tax credit) treatment of whichever social security benefit they are topping up.

Specifically, the following benefits are disregarded for tax credits, together with any child dependency increases payable with them – arranged alphabetically rather than in the order given in the Income Regulations:

* Note - statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental & sick pay are disregarded as social security income but they are treated as employment income.

Last reviewed/updated 3 July 2018