HMRC issues warning to tax credit claimants ahead of renewal deadline


Tax credit claimants have less than a week to update applications or they risk their financial support being stopped. 


The deadline to update and manage tax credit claims is Saturday 31 July 2021 and officials are urging people to not leave it until the last minute and to complete the renewal as soon as possible through the government website.


Once tax credits customers have completed their renewal, they can use their online account to check its progress and find out when they will hear back from HMRC.


HMRC has confirmed that tax credit claimants do not need to report any temporary falls in their working hours as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and they will continue to be treated as if they are working their normal hours for up to eight weeks after the furlough scheme closes.


Any permanent changes in hours need to be reported. The person claiming is responsible for making sure the information they supply is accurate and HMRC can charge a penalty of up to £3,000 if you deliberately or negligently give the wrong information.


HMRC can also charge customers a penalty of up to £300 for failing to give them information or telling them about certain changes of circumstances within one month of it happening.


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Blog post uploaded 27 July 2021