Renew Your Tax Credits Claim
23 April 2012
Tax credit customers are being reminded by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that they must renew claims by the 31 July deadline - or their payments may stop.Claimants should act as soon as they receive a renewal pack from HMRC. The accuracy of the information in the pack should be double-checked. HMRC may make follow-up queries with claimants' employers, to check on the correctness of some of the information.
Claimants must also let HMRC know of any changes in their circumstances that they haven't already reported during the year. These could be about their working hours, childcare costs or pay. If asked, they must also provide details of the previous year's income.
Having the right documents to hand will help reduce errors when they are filling out the form or calling the tax credits helpline. These would be, for example, payslips, end of year P60 forms and childcare details.
Claimants need to be aware of important changes to tax credits that took effect from 6 April. These include a lower income limit for Child Tax Credit. For couples with at least one child, there are new working hours rules for Working Tax Credit. How far payments can be backdated is also changing. Claimants can find out about these and other changes at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcreditsbudget/index.htm .
Should you need any assistance with regard to Tax Credits you can contact Aine in Lurgan firstname.lastname@example.org or Roisin in Newry email@example.com . Alternatively the Tax Credits Helpline is 0845 300 3900.