One week before the tax credits deadline – don’t miss

With just over a week to go, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) urges over 222,600 tax credit clients to renew their claims before the July 31, 2022 deadline.

Customers are warned not to wait for their renewal at the last minute and risk being blocked. They can do it anytime – day or night – thanks to HMRCthe online services of , including HMRC App.

Tax credits help working families with targeted financial support and more than 363,000 customers have already renewed before the deadline.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRCThe Managing Director of Client Services, said:

The July 31 deadline is fast approaching and renewing your tax credits is too important to forget. HMRC Support is available 24/7 through GOV.UK and the smartphone app to help customers complete their renewals correctly.

It’s great to see that so many clients have already renewed their tax credits. I urge those who have not yet renewed to do so as soon as possible, to avoid having their payments stopped.

Clients can manage their tax credits quickly and easily online. Once Tax Credits customers have completed their renewal, they can use their account online to check its progress and know when they will receive a response from HMRC.

If there is a change in a client’s circumstances that could affect their tax credits, they must report the changes to HMRC. These include changes to:

  • lifestyles
  • babysitting
  • working hours or
  • income (increase or decrease).

Customers who choose to use the HMRC the application on their smartphone can:

  • renew your tax credits
  • make changes to their request
  • check their tax credit payment schedule, and
  • find out how much they earned for the year

HMRC released a video to explain how tax credit customers can use the HMRC app to view, manage and update their details.

As part of the UK government’s program to help households cope with the rising cost of living, a cost of living payment of £650, payable in two separate lump sum payments of £326 and £324, for households benefiting from certain advantages or tax credits, has been introduced. For eligible customers receiving only tax credits and no other eligible benefits, HMRC will contact them to let them know they are eligible and automatically make payments, with the first being made in the fall. Customers do not need to contact HMRC or request payment. More information about paying the cost of living, including eligibility, can be found on GOV.UK.

Tax Credits are ending and will be replaced by Universal Credit by the end of 2024. Many customers who switch from Tax Credits to Universal Credit may be better off financially and can use an independent benefit calculator to check. If clients choose to apply sooner, it is important to seek independent advice beforehand, as they will not be able to revert to tax credits or any other benefits that Universal Credit replaces.

As the renewal deadline approaches, customers in a hurry to settle their bills may be more vulnerable to scammers. HMRC warns that if someone contacts them saying they are from HMRC and wants the customer to transfer money urgently or give personal information, they should never be rushed. HMRC also urges customers never to share their HMRC login details. Someone using them could rob the customer or make a fraudulent claim on their behalf. The ministry urges people to take their time and check HMRC‘s tips on GOV.UK scams.

Further information

Customers can download the HMRC free app from their smartphone app store.

Learn more about universal credit which replaces tax credits.

To log in to our tax credits service for the first time, you will need to prove your identity using 2 sources of evidence. We have recently added GB driving licenses as an additional option to help more of our customers connect. You can find the full list of accepted IDs at Manage your tax credits.

Lance B. Holton