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HMRC internal manual

Tax Credits Manual

Changes - customer: Gender - notification received of acquired gender (Info)

A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights has resulted in the United Kingdom Government making provision for transsexual people to be recognised in their acquired gender.

As a consequence, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 came into effect from 4 April 2005. This will allow transsexual people to

  • be legally recognised in their acquired gender
  • benefit from any rights and responsibilities that are associated with that acquired gender.

Transsexual people were able to submit an application to be legally recognised in their acquired gender to the Gender Recognition Panel from 4 January 2005.

If you receive written notification that a customer is now legally recognised in their acquired gender, you must forward the correspondence by taxpost (This content has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000) .