You qualify for an over-50 bonus (or 'element') if you are 50 or over on the date you start work and received one or more the following benefits for at least six months immediately prior to starting work:
- Income Support
- Jobseekers Allowance,
- Incapacity Benefit,
- Severe Disablement Allowance,
- Pension Credit
If you have been credited with National Insurance Contributions for at least six months immediately prior to starting work you may also qualify for the 50+ bonus.
The over-50 bonus is an extra amount payable for 12 months from the date you start work. The amount you qualify for depends on your income. In addition, if you qualify for the over-50 bonus you qualify for Working Tax Credit if you work for at least 16 hours a week (rather then the normal rule for people who do not have children and are not disabled of working at least 30 hours a week).
If both members of a couple satisfy the conditions of entitlement for the over-50 bonus you can include two bonuses.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for the over-50 bonus you should contact HM Revenue and Customs. If you would like independent guidance on your tax credit entitlement you will need to contact one of the advice agencies listed on the more advice page.