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How to calculate the potential effective date of a claim

Step 1

Note: In all claims the computer will automatically calculate the effective date of a claim. This guidance is to help you to calculate the potential effective date of pending awards.

Note: For tax credit claims received before 06-04-2012 the correct effective date will be either the earliest of the dates noted or the date 93 days prior to the date the claim was received. For tax credit claims received on or after 06-04-2012 the correct effective date will be either the earliest of the dates noted or the date 31 days prior to the date the claim was received.

Note: For which examples to follow on how to calculate the potential effective date of a claim, go to .

In function ‘View Application’

  • on the ‘Application Summary’ screen, find the ‘Date Received’
  • calculate and make a note of the date, which is 93 days before the ‘Date Received’ if the claim was received before 06-04-2012.
  • calculate and make a note of the date, which is 31 days before the ‘Date Received’ if the claim was received on or after 06-04-2012.

If there are any previous awards

  • make a note of the date, of the day after the previous award ended
  • go to .

If there are not any previous awards, go to .

Step 2

In function ‘View Application’, check through the screens to see what is being claimed for.

If the claim is for WTC only (no children), go to .

If the claim is for CTC only (no work details), go to .

If the claim is for WTC and CTC, go to .

Step 3

Check the ‘Applicant 1 Work’ and ‘Applicant 2 Work’ screens for a ‘Start Date’ in the ‘Employment details’ box.

If there is not a ‘Start Date’ in the ‘Employment Details’ box, the effective date of the claim is the ‘Date Received’ shown on the ‘Award Summary’ screen.

If there is a ‘Start Date’ in the ‘Employment Details’ box

  • make a note of the ‘Start Date’
  • go to .

Step 4

Check the ‘Income’ screen for any ‘CTC qualifying benefits’.

If there are any benefits shown, the effective date of the claim is the ‘Date Received’ shown on the ‘Award Summary’ screen.

If there are no benefits shown, go to .

Step 5

If the claim is for CTC only, go to .

If the claim is for WTC only, go to .

If the claim is for CTC and WTC, go to .

Step 6

Check the ‘Applicant 1 Work’ and ‘Applicant 2 Work’ screens for a ‘Start Date’ in the ‘Employment Details’ box.

If there is not a ‘Start Date’ in the ‘Employment Details’ box, go to .

If there is a ‘Start Date’ in the ‘Employment Details’ box

  • make a note of the ‘Start Date’
  • go to .

Step 7

Check the ‘Children’ screen

  • make a note of the ‘DOB’ (date of birth) and ‘DOR’ (date of responsibility), if applicable of the eldest or only child
  • go to .

Step 8

The effective date of the claim is the most recent date you have noted.

Step 9

If the claim was received prior to 06-04-2012, go to.

If the claim was received on or after 06-04-2012, go to .

Step 10

Example 1

We have received a claim on 08/10/2010

  • the date 93 days prior to this is 07/07/2010
  • there are not any previous claims
  • the claim is for WTC and CTC
  • there is an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’ of 12/09/2010
  • there is not a need to check the dates of birth of any children because there is an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 12/09/2010.

Example 2

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/2010

  • the date 93 days prior to this is 07/07/2010
  • there is a previous claim with a household end date of 26/09/2010
  • the day after this is 27/09/2010
  • the claim is for CTC only and there are not any qualifying benefits
  • the only child on the claim has a date of birth of 15/12/2008
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 27/09/2010.

Example 3

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/2010

  • the date 93 days prior to this is 07/07/2010
  • there are not any previous claims
  • the claim is for WTC and CTC
  • there is not an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’
  • the date of birth of the only child is 21/03/2010
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 07/07/2010.

Example 4

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/2010

  • the date 93 days prior to this is 07/07/2010
  • the claim is for WTC only
  • there is not an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’
  • the effective date of claim is the ‘Date Received’, 08/10/2010.

Example 5

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/10

  • the date 93 days prior to this is 07/07/2010
  • the claim is for WTC and CTC
  • there is a Work Details ‘Start Date’ of 01/08/2010
  • the only child’s date of birth is 01/09/2010
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 01/09/2010.

Step 11

Example 1

We have received a claim on 08/10/2012

  • the date 31 days prior to this is 07/09/2012
  • there are not any previous claims
  • the claim is for WTC and CTC
  • there is an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’ of 12/09/2012
  • there is not a need to check the dates of birth of any children because there is an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 12/09/2012.

Example 2

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/2012

  • the date 31 days prior to this is 07/09/2012
  • there is a previous claim with a household end date of 26/09/2012
  • the day after this is 27/09/2012
  • the claim is for CTC only and there are not any qualifying benefits
  • the only child on the claim has a date of birth of 15/12/2010
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 27/09/2012.

Example 3

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/2012

  • the date 31 days prior to this is 07/09/2012
  • there are not any previous claims
  • the claim is for WTC and CTC
  • there is not an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’
  • the date of birth of the only child is 21/03/2012
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 07/09/2012.

Example 4

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/2012

  • the date 31 days prior to this is 07/09/2012
  • the claim is for WTC only
  • there is not an ‘Hours Worked Start Date’
  • the effective date of claim is the ‘Date Received’, 08/10/2012.

Example 5

The ‘Date Received’ is 08/10/12

  • the date 31 days prior to this is 07/09/2012
  • the claim is for WTC and CTC
  • there is a Work Details ‘Start Date’ of 10/09/2012
  • the only child’s date of birth is 15/09/2012
  • the effective date of claim is the most recent date we have noted, which is 15/09/2012.