When you make a claim your tax credits are usually backdated by up to one month.
How to get tax credits backdated
Usually, you don’t have to do anything - it happens automatically. The date they’re backdated to is shown on your award notice.
You have to ask for your tax credits to be backdated if you get:
- Income Support
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
- Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit and you’re not claiming for any children
To do this include a page with your claim form confirming:
- your name, address and National Insurance number
- the date you started work
- the date you started getting one of the benefits listed, if you’re not in work
Backdating more than a month
Tax credit claims can sometimes be backdated by more than a month if you apply within a month of:
- getting refugee status
- qualifying for certain sickness or disability benefits, eg Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
Don’t apply to backdate these claims until you’ve been given a decision on your refugee status or disability benefits.
You should still apply for other tax credits if you already qualify for them, eg you have children.