How to claim

Tax credits have been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.

You can only make a new claim for tax credits if you:

  • get the severe disability premium, or are entitled to it
  • got or were entitled to the severe disability premium in the last month, and you’re still eligible for it

If you cannot make a new claim for tax credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit (or Pension Credit if you and your partner are State Pension age or over).

Start your claim

Call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to make a new claim.

You’ll be asked for some information and given an estimate of how much you’ll get. You may be asked for:

  • your National Insurance number (if you have one)
  • your income for the last tax year
  • details of any benefits you get
  • details of any childcare payments
  • the number of hours you work per week

HM Revenue and Customs
Telephone: 0345 300 3900
Textphone: 0345 300 3909
Outside UK: +44 2890 538 192
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Closed on bank holidays
Find out about call charges

You could be fined up to £3,000 if you give wrong information.

Get help with your application

You can get help from HMRC, your benefits office or from Citizens Advice.

Someone else can call HMRC to get general advice on your behalf, but they’ll need to apply for authorisation to discuss your claim. If you want them to manage your payments, they’ll have to become an ‘appointee’.