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.

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
25 December 24 December
28 December 24 December
29 December 24 December
30 December 29 December - England, Scotland and Wales only
1 January 31 December
4 January 31 December
5 January 4 January - England, Wales and Northern Ireland only

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

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 28 September
  • Edinburgh - local holiday on 21 September
  • Dundee - local holiday on 5 October

Contact your bank for more information.