Use this service to:

  • report actual income from self-employment if you estimated it when you renewed (the deadline is 31 January)
  • tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to your circumstances, for example you get married or your working hours change
  • find out how much and when you’ll be paid

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Start now on the Tax Credits service

Before you start

If you’re signing in to the service for the first time, you’ll need:

  • a Government Gateway user ID and password - if you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you use the service
  • a permanent National Insurance number

You also need to prove your identity. You can use one of the following as proof:

  • your bank account details
  • your P60
  • your 3 most recent payslips
  • your passport number and expiry date

Signing in will also activate your personal tax account - you can use this to check and manage your HMRC records.

Renewing your tax credits

Most tax credit claims will be renewed automatically in 2020.

You cannot claim tax credits and Universal Credit at the same time. Your tax credits will stop if you or your partner apply for Universal Credit. Check how tax credits and Universal Credit affect each other.

If you’re self employed or get taxable benefits

You might get a letter from HMRC asking you to check if your income amount is correct. If HMRC’s records are wrong, contact HMRC by 31 July 2020.

You’re likely to get a letter if both of the following are true:

  • you’re self employed, get taxable benefits or income from shares
  • you’ve had a ‘TC603R’ review pack in the post