Tax Credits: Public statistics
In this section you will find links to statistics about the current tax credits system as well as historical statistics on the old Working Families Tax Credit and Disabled Person’s Tax Credit.
HMRC Tax Credit Statistics
HMRC publish statistics about tax credits awards in two sets. The first set covers provisional awards and provides a snap shot at a specific date, the second set covers finalised awards for entitlement years. It is the finalised award statistics that show the overpayment figures for each year.
Take up Rates for WTC & CTC
The following statistics show the take up rates for WTC and CTC. The take-up rates are the proportion of those entitled to tax credits who claim them, and are estimated using a combination of administrative and survey data according to the HMRC website. Since 2007-2008 figures have been expanded to include child benefit.
- Child benefit, child tax credit and working tax credit take up rates 2014-2015
- Child benefit, child tax credit and working tax credit take up rates 2013-2014
- Child benefit, child tax credit and working tax credit take up rates 2012-2013
- Child benefit, child tax credit and working tax credit take up rates for 2011-2012
- Child benefit, child tax credit and working tax credit take up rates 2010-2011
- Working tax credit take up of childcare element 2008-2009
- Take up rates for tax credits
Error and Fraud statistics
The following links will take you to the HMRC error and fraud statistics which are compiled using the random enquiry programme which is ‘an annual statistical enquiry run by HMRC designed to measure levels of error and fraud in finalised tax credits awards’:
- Error and fraud statistics 2015-2016
- Error and fraud statistics 2014-2015
- Error and fraud statistics 2013-2014
- Error and fraud statistics 2012-2013 (revised)
Other useful statistics
- Older personal tax credits statistics are available via the National Archives.
- Child poverty statistics - child poverty statistics based on the national indicator 116, are available via the National Archives.
- Children in low-income families local measure - The Children in Low-Income Families Local Measure shows the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out-of-work (means-tested) benefits or in receipt of tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of UK median income.
- Quality report finalised tax credit publications
- Small area statistics - these statistics show the number of families benefiting from CTC and WTC in each small area and the number of children in these families. The tables include out of work families with children who receive the same level of support as provided by CTC, but where it is paid as child allowances in Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IS/JSA).
- Household income distribution of tax credits families - These statistics show, for April 2010, current year incomes (rather than incomes used for tax credits purposes) declared by families. More recent analysis no longer available.
- The Tax Benefit Model Tables - now ceased and no longer available. This was is an annual publication designed to illustrate the weekly financial circumstances of a selection of hypothetical local authority and private tenants.
- The Poverty site commentary on ‘In receipt of tax credits’ - This draws from HMRC and Family Resource survey data and links to other reports and statistic
- The Family Resources Survey - Produced by DWP, this is a continuous survey of private households to provide information to DWP.
Last reviewed/updated 24 July 2017