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Tax Credit renewal deadline is next Tuesday

Friday 27th July 2018

The deadline for renewing tax credit claims is next Tuesday 31 July 2018. Find out what steps you need to take to make sure your payments don't stop.

If you've received an annual review form only

Some families getting certain means-tested benefits, such as Income Support, will have their tax credits award renewed automatically.

These families will have been sent only an annual review form to check. This will have a black line across it. They need only to contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if the information in the review form is not accurate or if something has changed. Otherwise their award will be renewed automatically without them having to take any other steps.

If you've received a review form and an annual declaration form

However, most families will have been sent not only a review form but also an annual declaration form. These families will have been sent a renewal pack with a red line across the first page.

If you've been sent this form, you must remember to complete and return it by 31 July - unless your renewal pack has a different deadline.

You can complete and return your form by post, online or by phoning the tax credit helpline on 0345 300 3900. The helpline number is likely to be extremely busy between now and 31 July and you may struggle to get through, so if you want to renew online then you can do so on the GOV.UK website or via the HMRC app available from either the Apple or Google Play stores.

If you have not been sent a renewal pack yet, you should call the Tax Credits Helpline urgently to ask when you can expect to receive this.

What if you miss the deadline?

As it's the summer holiday, many parents get caught out by not taking action by the deadline. If you don't respond by 31 July, the tax credits office will write to inform you that your payments have stopped.

Your claim can be reinstated if you respond within 30 days of receiving their letter, but there may be a disruption in payments.

If you don't respond within 30 days, you will have to reclaim tax credits and you are likely to be asked to repay any tax credits you have received since April. If you live in an area where the Universal Credit full service has been introduced, failure to complete a tax credit renewal could lead to you coming off tax credits and having to claim universal credit instead.

Questions about tax credits or any other benefits?

If you have any questions at all about the benefits you are receiving, call our freephone helpline to make sure you're getting all you're entitled to.

Call us on 0808 808 3555 or post a question on our Facebook page.