What is a Working Tax Credit (WTC)

The Working Tax Credit (WTC) is a credit offered to qualifying individuals living in the United Kingdom.

BREAKING DOWN Working Tax Credit (WTC)

The Working Tax Credit is available for individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 with a child or a qualifying disability; those over age 25 do not need a child to qualify. Applicants must be gainfully employed and working a minimum number of hours required each week, as determined by the applicant’s age. There are also required income thresholds by household size and age.

The Working Tax Credit base can pay out at £1,960 annually, with additional qualifications bringing that figure up or down. Citizens can not claim the Working Tax Credit if they live in a Universal Credit area; in that case, they need to pursue the Universal Credit instead. The Universal Credit has been set up to replace several of the existing credits in the United Kingdom. Although the switch to Universal Credit was supposed to be completed by 2017, some areas are still in the process of making the change.

What is Public Assistance

Public Welfare is a common term for public assistance in the United States. People are said to be receiving welfare or assistance when they are in receipt of a variety of government subsidies or benefits. These payments can range from federally funded initiatives like Social Security payments and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to state sponsored programs. While only the Public Welfare program goes by that name, most of these programs are considered types of assistance programs as they are put in place to assist those who need them either temporarily or on a long-term basis.

Many of these programs are paid for by a combination of taxes that are withheld from taxpayer paychecks. Programs like Social Security are directly paid into by each individual taxpayer, while some other programs receive funding from other broader taxes. These subsidies aren’t entirely without cost to the recipient. Some require applicants attend classes or apply to a certain number of jobs a week. In the case of Social Security and Disability benefits, a portion of the payment may be taxable, depending on income limitations. When determining whether taxes will be owed on any benefits that are received, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) website or a professional tax prepare should be consulted.

Each assistance program has its own guidelines and qualifications. Anyone looking for additional information on whether they qualify for state or federal aide should consult the federal website for that specific program.