You usually need to renew your tax credits once a year.
You should have got your renewal pack by 30 June. If you haven’t got your pack, call the Tax Credit Helpline.
You can’t renew your tax credits until you get your renewal pack.
If you claimed tax credits after 6 April, your renewal pack is usually sent the following year.
Your pack tells you how to renew your tax credits - online, by post or by phone.
The deadline is usually 31 July unless your renewal pack gives you a different deadline.
If you miss the deadline your tax credits payments will stop. You’ll be sent a statement and will have to pay back the tax credits you’ve been given since 6 April.
Your payments will start again and will be backdated to 6 April if you send your renewal within 30 days of getting the statement.
You’ll usually need to make a new claim if you don’t respond within 30 days of getting the statement.
You can renew your tax credits online if you’ve got a renewal pack with both:
- an ‘annual review’ with code TC 603 R
- an ‘annual declaration’ with code TC 603 D
You must renew by phone or by post if your annual declaration has the code TC 603 D 2.
Renew by post
Send your form to:
HM Revenue and Customs Tax Credits
Renew by phone
Call the Tax Credit Helpline.
What you need
- your renewal pack
- your National Insurance number
- details about any changes to your circumstances
- your total income (including your partner’s) for the last tax year
- telephone renewals only - your Tax Credit Helpline password (if you have one)
- online renewals only - the 15 digit number on the bottom right of your annual declaration
After you’ve renewed
The Tax Credit Office will send you an award notice within 8 weeks of receiving your renewal, telling you how much you’ll get.
If you only get a form with the code ‘TC 603 R’ your tax credits will be renewed automatically. Check the form carefully to make sure your details are correct.