Tax credits recipients are being reminded that they have to tell HMRC about any changes in their circumstances or income by July 31. While most awards will be renewed automatically, some will need to contact HMRC by the end of this month.
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Otherwise, they will risk having their payments stopped.
HMRC has said that the self-employed, those in receipt of taxable social security benefit, or those who have other income may need to review their total household income.
They will need to tell HMRC if the income held is incorrect.
Furthermore, those who need to respond to the Annual Review pack must do so by July 31.
Otherwise, these people will see their payments stop.
HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, Angela MacDonald said: “During these uncertain times, while the UK comes together to combat COVID-19, tax credits payments are a vital source of support for millions of people and their families.
“If you have been contacted by HMRC to provide your income details, I urge you to contact the department before July 31.
“Don’t leave it too late, get in touch and make sure the information we hold is correct.”
It’s also important to be aware that any information HMRC holds is incorrect or incomplete, then recipients may need to pay back any tax credits that have been overpaid.
What’s more, it may be that they need to pay a penalty.
It’s possible to renew tax credits online, via the GOV.UK website.
Additionally, the HMRC App can be used to renew tax credits, check one’s tax credits payments schedule, and find out how much one has earned for the year.
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The deadline isn’t the only warning which has been issued by HMRC.
Tax credits recipients should note that scammers may attempt to take advantage of tax credits renewals.
It may be that these criminals do this via text, email or phone, offering fake support to the public, with the scams mimicking HMRC messages in an attempt to seem genuine.
HMRC has said that should someone text, email or call claiming to be from HMRC, saying customers can renew a tax credits award or access financial help, and proceeds to ask for credit card or bank details, it is likely to be a scam.
Tax credits calculator
It’s possible to get an estimate of how much a person could receive in tax credits over a four-week period via the government website’s tax credits calculator.
To use the calculator, Gov.uk says users will “need details of:
- Your income
- Your partner’s income
- Your working hours
- Any benefits you’re claiming, or have just stopped claiming
- The average weekly amount you spend on childcare
- Your immigration status, if you are ‘subject to immigration control’.”
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