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).
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 any 2 of the following:
- your tax credit claim details
- your P60
- one of your 3 most recent payslips
- your UK passport details
- information held on your credit file (such as loans, credit cards or mortgages)
- details from your Self Assessment tax return (in the last 3 years)
- your Northern Ireland driving licence
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 renew your tax credits online for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.
Contact HMRC by phone or post if:
- you’ve missed the deadline for renewing your tax credits
- you’ve renewed your tax credits and there’s a mistake on your award notice
- your renewal pack (if you have one)
- your National Insurance number
- details about any changes to your circumstances
- you and your partner’s total income for the last tax year (6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021)
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.