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The deadline for renewing tax credit claims is fast approaching PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 June 2011 16:51

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is reminding Tax credit claimants that they have just over one month to renew their claims before the 31 July deadline. They are asked to act as soon as they receive a renewal pack from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


Claimants on ‘nil awards’, and those receiving only the full family element of Child Tax Credit, will receive only the statement of their 2010/11 award. If these details are correct, no further action is needed, and their claims are automatically renewed. However, if the details on the award statement are wrong, they must tell HMRC.


Claimants are also urged to take care when renewing tax credits as errors could mean they receive less money than they are entitled to.


As part of a clampdown on tax credit error and fraud, HMRC is examining claims particularly closely this year. The focus is on claimants’ statements on employment, self-employment, hours worked, childcare and children as well as any details that have changed since previous years’ claims.


Claimants must let HMRC know of any changes in their circumstances that they haven’t already reported during the year. These could be about working hours, childcare costs or pay. If asked, they must also provide details of the previous year’s income.


Help and information on tax credit renewals can be obtained here or by calling the tax credits helpline on 0845 300 3900.

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