HMRC are reminding tax credits claimants that they need to renew their claims by the 31 July deadline or their payments might stop.
Nick Lodge, Director General of Benefits and Credits, said:
‘We are asking claimants to renew immediately. The sooner they do, the sooner we can check their payments and avoid paying too little, or too much money, which they then have to pay back.’
Tax credits renewal packs have been sent to about 5.8 million people since April. Last year more than 80% of claimants renewed by the 31 July deadline.
HMRC are asking claimants to check the accuracy of the information in their packs and to let them know about any changes to circumstances such as working hours, childcare costs, pay and whether they are single or living with a partner.
Claimants can renew by calling the Tax Credits helpline – 0345 300 3900, or post their renewal to the address in the pack that was sent to them.