If you’re claiming tax credits, you’ll be sent a renewal pack. It will tell you how to renew your tax credits.
You must renew your tax credits by 31 July 2016 if your renewal pack has a red line across the first page and it says ‘reply now’.
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 2016.
When you don’t need to renew
If your renewal pack says ‘check now’, check your details to make sure they’re correct.
You don’t need to do anything if your details are correct. Your tax credits will be automatically renewed.
You must tell the Tax Credit Office by 31 July 2016 if anything in your pack is incorrect. Your tax credits could stop or you could be fined if you don’t.
You won’t get a renewal pack before April 2017 if you first claimed tax credits after 6 April 2016.
How to renew
If you need to renew, you can either do it:
The Tax Credit Office will send you an award notice within 8 weeks of receiving your renewal, telling you how much you’ll get.
What you need
- your renewal pack - if you don’t get your renewal pack by 27 June 2016, call the tax credits helpline
- your National Insurance number
- details about any changes to your circumstances
- you and your partner’s total income for the last tax year
- the 15 digit number on your renewal pack - if you’re renewing online