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

You can no longer use this service to renew your tax credits for the 2019 to 2020 tax year.

Contact HMRC if any of the following apply:

  • you’ve missed the deadline
  • you renewed and there’s a mistake on your award notice

You’ll need your National Insurance number and your renewal pack.

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.