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.

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:

  • Edinburgh - local holiday on 15 September
  • Glasgow - local holiday on 29 September
  • Dundee - local holiday on 6 October

Contact your bank for more information.