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Renewing Tax Credits 07/07/12

The closing date for renewing your claims for tax credits is 31 July 2012 or payments could be lost.

With this in mind, HMRC has issued some tips on renewal:

  1. If you don't get your pack by 30 June, contact the Tax Credit Helpline.
  2. Renew your tax credits claim as quickly as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner HMRC’s Tax Credit Office can work out your payments for the coming tax year.
  3. You only need to contact HMRC if you receive an Annual Declaration form as well as an Annual Review notice.
  4. You don't need to contact HMRC if you receive only an Annual Review notice (as your claim will be renewed automatically), unless your personal circumstances have changed.
  5. Check all the information in the renewal pack, making sure all the changes reported in the last year are included. If anything isn’t right, contact the Tax Credit Office.
  6. Report any changes – including bank details – by calling the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900, or in writing.
  7. If you contact the helpline, have handy: your National Insurance number; your password, if you have one; your renewal pack; details of any new changes in circumstances; the amount of your household’s total income for the last tax year.
  8. You should follow the instructions on your form to confirm your claim for last year even if your circumstances have changed and you are no longer eligible for the current year.

The Personal Tax Credit link is:
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/menu.htm

If you have any questions or concerns about Tax Planning and compliance, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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