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I normally work 30 hrs per wk & receive Working Tax Credit.


On 1st November a relative suffered a stroke & I have been off work since to help look after him at home. My work have allowed me time off for as long as I need it, it is unpaid.


I wrote to Tax Credit people 7 wks ago to inform them of the situation and asked for my WTC to be stopped as I am not working 30 hrs anymore.


I am still getting paid WTC so I phoned the Tax Credit people today and they've said I'm still entitled to WTC and my file is down as Unpaid Leave and that I'm entitled to it for 28 wks.


Does anyone know if this is right??? seems strange to me, I don't want to end up with an overpayment to pay back. Plus I don't see me returning to work anytime soon as my relative needs the help.


Any help appreciated


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When you are ill, you can be entitled to WTC for 28 weeks: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/keep-up-to-date/changes-affect/work-changes/no-work-illness.htm#2


Unpaid leave usually only allows WTC to be paid for 4 weeks: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/ntcmanual/eligibility_remuneration/ntc0340270.htm


I'd be inclined to check it again with them, placing it in writing (trackable delivery and keep a copy of letter) may be a good idea to cover your back.

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Thanks ErikaPNP,


I gave them a phone this morning and have been told the advisor yesterday got it wrong. It is only 4 weeks I should've be entitled to the credits not 28wks. Looks like it's all sorted now (I'll have to pay back the 3wks extra that I've received but I thought that would be the case) & they're sending a letter out to confirm situation.

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