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Brits who claim tax credit have a tight deadline to renew their claim, with less than 48 hours to submit the renewal form. Those who claim ta credit – either working tax credit or child tax credit much renew their claim by Saturday, July 31.
More than 2.5 million annual renewal packs have been sent out by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Renewing tax credits is important as it tells HMRC whether your circumstances have changed and whether you are getting the right amount of money.
There are two types of tax credit – child tax credit and working tax credit – and you can receive both if you qualify.
How to renew tax credits claim – deadline less than 48 hours away (Image: GETTY)
How to renew tax credits claim
If you have received an annual renewal pack, you need to check the letters carefully to see your next steps.
Some people – around 800,000 – have a form in their pack which has a red line underneath your address on the first page.
This red line means you will have to submit your tax renewal form before July 31 or else your tax credit will stop.
As of July 31, HMRC said 300,000 people had not yet responded.
Tax credit deadline: To renew you will need to know details about any changes to your circumstances you and your partner’s total income for the last tax year (Image: GETTY)
Tax credit deadline: Those who claim either working tax credit or child tax credit much renew their claim by Saturday, July 31 (Image: GETTY)
If you have a black line below your address on the letters you receive, you only need to respond to let HMRC know of any changes.
You will need to read the letter carefully and if the details are correct you don’t need to do anything – your credit will renew automatically.
To renew, you will need
- details about any changes to your circumstances
- you and your partner’s total income for the last tax year (April 6, 2020, to April 5, 2021)
So how can you renew?
1. Renew by post
If you haven’t already sent your renewal form in the post you may be too late to submit it this way.
All you need to do to post your renewal form is fill in and sign it, then posting it.
HMRC need to have received your form by July 31, so it needs to be posted in advance.
Tax credit deadline: As of July 31, HMRC said 300,000 people had not yet responded (Image: GETTY)
2. Renew online
If you’ve missed the postal deadline – don’t stress! You can also renew online.
If you use HMRC’s online tax credits service you can declare any changes, and see the amount you will be paid.
You can also use HMRC’s free mobile app, which you can download via iOS or Android.
If doing this, you must submit your renewal by 11.59pm BST on Saturday July, 31.
3. Renew by phone
Instead of renewing online or by post, you can ring HMRC directly using the telephone helpline.
However, bear in mind it can get very busy as deadlines approach.
On its website, HMRC says the least busy time to call is mid-afternoon. The tax credit helpline number is 0345 300 3900.
And you will not be able to ring on Saturday, July 31 as the lines will be closed.
You can ring HMRC between 8am and 6pm on Friday, July 30.