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Reminder to renew your tax credit claim

Families and individuals that receive tax credits should ensure that they renew their tax credit claims by 31 July 2019. Claimants who do not renew on-time may have their payments stopped.

HMRC has sent tax credits renewal packs to tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients to renew their tax credits claim online. All renewal packs should have been received by the end of June. A renewal is required if the pack has a red line across the first page and it says, 'reply now'.

Claimants need to notify HMRC where there have been changes to the family size, child care costs, number of hours worked and salary. Details of previous year's income also need to be completed on the form to allow HMRC to check if the correct tax credits have been paid. Claimants must also inform HMRC of any changes in circumstances not already reported during the year such as new working hours, different childcare costs or changes in pay.

The Child Tax Credit has been designed to help lower income families with children. Credits are available to families with low to moderate income. Child Tax Credit is paid directly to the main carer in the family either weekly or monthly and is usually paid directly to a designated bank or building society account. The Working Tax Credit assists taxpayers on low incomes by providing top-up payments. Universal Credit will eventually replace tax credits, and some other social security benefits.

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Working tax credits you could claim

The Working Tax Credit (WTC) is designed to help taxpayers on low incomes by providing top-up payments and includes those who do not have children. There are extra amounts available for qualifying childcare expenses and working households in which someone has a disability. The basic amount of WTC is £1,960 a year and is always included for qualifying applicants. There are also payments that may be available for couples or for those with certain disabilities.

In order to satisfy the rules for claiming the WTC, claimants must work a certain number of hours a week. For couples, one member has to work at least 16 hours a week, with the joint total being at least 24 hours. Single people who are responsible for 1 or more children can claim the WTC if they work at least 16 hours per week. Claims can also be made by those without children who work at least 30 hours per week if they are aged over 25. There are different limits for those claiming the disability element.

Backdated claims for WTC will usually only be backdated for a maximum of one month. There are exceptions for those with refugee status and claimants that qualify for certain sickness or disability benefits.

Making a new claim for tax credits is no longer possible for most people and it has been replaced by universal credit. Universal credit will eventually replace tax credits and other social security benefits. Existing tax credit claimants are expected to be moved across to universal credit between 2020 and 2023 although a small pilot will start from July 2019.

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Renewing your tax credit claim

Families and individuals that receive tax credits should ensure that they renew their tax credit claims by 31 July 2019. Claimants who do not renew on-time may have their payments stopped.

HMRC has commenced sending tax credits renewal packs to tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients to renew their tax credits claim online. All packs should be with recipients by the end of June. A renewal is required if the pack has a red line across the first page and it says, 'reply now'.

Claimants need to notify HMRC where there have been changes to the family size, child care costs, number of hours worked and salary. Details of previous year's income also need to be completed on the form to allow HMRC to check if the correct tax credits have been paid. Claimants must also inform HMRC of any changes in circumstances not already reported during the year such as new working hours, different childcare costs or changes in pay.

The Child Tax Credit has been designed to help lower income families with children, credits are available to families with low to moderate income. Child Tax Credit is paid directly to the main carer in the family either weekly or monthly and is usually paid directly to a designated bank or building society account. The working tax credit assists taxpayers on low incomes by providing top-up payments.

In some areas of the country new claims for tax credits may no longer be possible as the introduction of Universal Credit is slowly rolled out. Universal Credit will eventually replace tax credits, and other social security benefits.