Working Tax Credit puzzle
WE HAVE heard from a freelance who receives Working Tax Credit and who was contacted by the WTC compliance office requesting proof they'd been working the current required minimum of 30 hours a week. Another freelance also investigated by the compliance office was told by them they'd carried out 16,000 compliance checks of late, with more to come. Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions has proposed a new "Universal Credit" to replace Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Disability benefits and more.
The Freelance is still struggling to get its heads round the implications for the many freelance journalists on Tax Credits. Freelances on Tax Credit are advised to ensure they have documentary evidence of working at least 30 hours a week.
See the online version at www.londonfreelance.org/fl/1202tax.html for resources and advice on Working Tax Credit. LFB expects to start campaigning around this issues in the near future: watch this space.