Tax claimants have been warned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to complete their renewed claims before the annual deadline of 31 July or potentially lose tax credit payments.
All claimants are required to review their current occupational circumstances and inform the HMRC of any changes to working hours, pay or whether they live alone or with a partner before next Wednesday.
Around 5.8 million tax credit renewal information packs have been sent to workers over the past three months in preparation for next week's deadline. Tax claimants also can renew their claims by contacting the Tax Credits helpline on 0345 300 3900.
Claimants who fail to reply by the 31 July will have their credits stopped by the Tax Office and receive a statement outlining whether too much or not enough has been paid in tax credits. A further 30 days is then given to supply the Tax Office with the information required in the renewal pack. Failure to do this will usually involve having to make a new tax credits claim.
Director general of Benefits and Credits at HMRC, Nick Lodge, said: "We are asking claimants to renew immediately. The sooner they do, the sooner we can check their payments and avoid paying too little, or too much money, which they then have to pay back."
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