Carer’s Allowance And income tax

One of the offsets against earnings when claiming Carer’s Allowance is supposed to be the income tax you pay in those earnings. However I’ve just had a Tribunal based in my exceeding the earnings limit. I assumed my income tax could be taken into account. However, your earnings on their own must exceed the tax threshold for the tax above that threshold to be offset.

This seems daft to me - if your earnings exceed the income tax threshold, there’s no way you can offset sufficiently to bring it down below the earnings limit!

Has anyone else come across this?

Hi Joanie,
I don’t have any answers I’m afraid.

Best to contact the Carers Uk helpline:

The telephone helpline is available on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am – 4pm and can be called on 0808 808 7777

We’re not always able to provide the same level of specialist advice by telephone as we can by email (>> ), so if we’re unable to help you in this way over the phone, we will tell you about other ways to get this support.

or Citizen’s Advice Bureau.