Tax Credit Claimants Urged To Renew Quickly

Tax credit claimants in the Isles of Scilly are being reminded to renew their claims or payments may stop.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) says that the 200 claimants on the Islands need to renew by the 31st July deadline.

They’re being urged to act as soon as they receive a renewal pack from HMRC.

The department is also asking claimants to double-check the accuracy of the information in the pack since HMRC could make follow-up queries with claimants’ employers, to check on the correctness of some of the information.

Claimants must also let HMRC know of any changes in their circumstances that they haven’t already reported during the year.

These could be about their working hours, childcare costs or pay.

HMRC’s Director of Benefits and Credits, Steve Lamey, said, “Our message to tax credit claimants in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is – renew early, renew accurately and renew on time. If claimants don’t renew their claims before 31 July, payments may stop.”

2013 will see the introduction of Universal Credit, which will, by 2017, see the migration of all Tax Credit customers to that benefit.

HMRC say it is even more important that customers ensure that the data held about their claim is accurate prior to their migration to the new system.