If you claim tax credits, there is one month left to renew your claim, or risk having payments stopped from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The deadline is Monday, 31 July. Customers who received a renewal pack with a red line across the first page and the words ‘reply now’ still need to confirm their circumstances for the current tax year to continue receiving payments.
Circumstances that can affect payments include changes to living arrangements, childcare, working hours or a change in income.
Councillor Steve Donnelly, the council’s cabinet member for an inclusive economy, said: “It is important for tax credit customers to apply to renew their tax credits now, to avoid having their payments stopped.
“The deadline is fast approaching, for Monday, 31 July, it is quick and easy to renew via Gov.uk or the HMRC app and let HMRC know about any changes to your circumstances.
“If you are struggling financially, check out the help and support available to you locally on the council’s website”
Beware of scams
Criminals do use tax credits renewals and other deadlines in scams to attempt to trick people into sharing their banking or other personal details. Typical scam examples include emails or texts claiming an individual’s details aren’t up to date and that they risk losing out on payments that are due to them.
If a phone call, text or email is unexpected, do not give out private information or reply, and do not download attachments or click on links. HMRC is also warning people not to share their login details with anyone else.
Visit GOV.UK for more information on how to report a scam or suspicious activity.
Tax credits to be replaced by Universal Credit, 2024
By the end of 2024, tax credits will be replaced by Universal Credit. Customers who receive tax credits will receive a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) telling them when to claim Universal Credit. It is important that customers claim by the deadline in the letter to continue receiving financial support as their tax credits will end even if they decide not to claim Universal Credit.
Find out more
Help and support is available on GOV.UK for customers renewing claims and HMRC has released a video to explain how tax credits customers can use the HMRC app to view, manage and update their details.
Find out more about renewing tax credits claims.
Download the HMRC app for free from your smartphone app store