Tax credits: your payment dates

Tax credit payments are made every week or every 4 weeks.

You choose if you want to get paid weekly or every 4 weeks on your claim form. If you do not have a claim form, contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Find out when your tax credits payment is and how much you’ll get paid.

New claims

It can take up to 5 weeks to process a new claim. You’ll be sent an award notice by post giving you the date of your first payment.

Bank holiday payment dates

If it’s a bank holiday anywhere in the UK your payment may be early.

Due date Payment date
17 March 2021 16 March – Northern Ireland only
2 April 2021 1 April
5 April 2021 1 April
3 May 2021 30 April
31 May 2021 28 May
12 July 2021 9 July – Northern Ireland only
2 August 2021 30 July – Scotland only
30 August 2021 27 August
27 December 2021 24 December
28 December 2021 24 December
29 December 2021 24 December – Northern Ireland only
3 January 2022 31 December
4 January 2022 31 December – Scotland only

If your payment is late, check the payment date on your award notice and contact your bank before calling HMRC.

Local holidays in Scotland

Your payment might be delayed because of local holidays if you live in the following places:

  • Glasgow and Aberdeen - local holiday on 27 September
  • Edinburgh - local holiday on 20 September
  • Dundee - local holiday on 4 October

Contact your bank for more information.