Millions warned to renew tax credits now – or lose them

Millions of people are being warned to renew their tax credits this month to avoid losing out on future payments.

HMRC said parents in receipt of child tax credits and those who claim the working benefit have until 31 July to renew their applications for the next 12 months.

Failing to renew could mean your payments are stopped – and you might even have to repay the money you’ve received since April 2019.

Tax credits are designed to help working families with targeted financial support.

These payouts are made regularly by the state into bank accounts to support those with children or in work but with a low income. In most cases, they’ll be paid to parents/guardians who work between 16 and 24 hours a week.

They’re paid via the tax office – you can use this calculator to find out how much you may be entitled to .

For most people, the benefit has now been replaced by Universal Credit – in fact, you can now only make a new claim for child tax credits or working tax credits if you get the severe disability premium or got it in the past month and are still eligible for it.

Once you receive it, you can claim up until 31 August after the child’s 16th birthday.

Angela MacDonald, at HMRC, said: “We know that customers lead busy lives, which is why our online services are available day and night.

“Customers can complete their tax credits renewals at a time convenient to them. Renewing on time is vital to ensure that their payments don’t stop.”

How to renew your tax credits

Renew online at Gov.uk, here
Via the HMRC app, which is available on the App Store or Google Play Store
Via the online forum (click on Tax Credits and You) – online.hmrc.gov.uk/webchatprod/community/forums/list.page
Through HMRC’s webchat help service
By calling the tax credits helpline: 0345 300 3900