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Thank you for confirming. For tax credit purposes you will be considered a single person unless you are in a relationship with your cousin or anybody else that lives in the property. You will therefore be able to share the flat with members of your family and this should not impact your tax credits.
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Thank you for confirming, however, I do not see what else there is to tell you given that you are considered a "single person" for tax credit purposes unless you are in a relationship.
Section 3(3) Tax Credit Act 2002 states that a claim for a tax credit may be made:
(a) jointly by the members of a couple both of whom are aged at least sixteen and are in the United Kingdom, or
(b) by a person who is aged at least sixteen and is in the United Kingdom but is not entitled to make a claim under paragraph (a) (jointly with another).
So there are two types of tax credits claims – Joint and Single.
The Act then goes on, in Section 3(5), to explain what a ‘couple’ is:
(a) a man and woman who are married to each other and are neither –
i. separated under a court order, nor
ii. separated in circumstances in which the separation is likely to be permanent,
(b) a man and woman who are not married to each other but are living together as husband and wife,
(c) two people of the same sex who are civil partners of each other and are neither –
ii. separated in circumstances in which the separation is likely to be permanent, or
(d) two people of the same sex who are not civil partners of each other but are living together as if they were civil partners.
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