HMRC and DWP are encouraging people to renew their tax credits claims in advance of the 31 July 2013 deadline.
This is an extremely busy time for the HMRC contact centres so tax credits claimants are asked to renew as soon as they receive their renewal pack rather than leaving it until the 31 July deadline. If you leave it until the final week before the deadline it may be more difficult to get through to an adviser.
The 920,000 tax credits claimants who continuously received Income Support, Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit for the whole 2012/13 tax year will have their award automatically renewed.
HMRC will send an Annual Review form (TC603R) to each of these claimants who should review it and only contact HMRC if their circumstances have changed. Guidance notes provided with the form will tell claimants what changes they need to report. HMRC will not send a new Tax Credits Award Notice to these claimants so the TC603R must be retained as proof of ongoing entitlement.
If a claimant receives a Tax Credits Renewal Declaration form (TC603D or TC603D-2) they must provide a declaration to HMRC before 31 July 2013 or their payments will stop and they will have to pay money back.
Jobcentre Plus will assist people who ask for help with completing their renewal form.
Tax credits can be renewed by:
• Telephoning the Tax Credits Helpline on 0345 300 3900;
• Returning a completed renewal notice in the post.