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Final reminder to renew tax credit awards

Friday 31 July 2020 is the deadline day for families and individuals that receive tax credits to tell HMRC about any changes to their financial circumstances. As in previous years, there is likely to be a huge last-minute rush and it may be difficult to contact HMRC by phone. Claims can be renewed by post, phone or online.

Once the deadline has expired anyone who has not yet renewed their tax credits should still ensure they do so as soon as possible as otherwise payments may be stopped, and monies received since April 2020 may have to be repaid.

We would strongly advise readers who have not dealt with this annual chore to renew their tax credits as a matter of urgency.

All renewal packs should have been received by the end of June. A renewal is required if the pack has a red line across the first page and it says – reply now. If the pack has a black line and says – check now – recipients will need to check the details are correct. If the details are correct, the tax credit awards will be renewed automatically.

While most tax credit awards will be renewed automatically in 2020, the self-employed, those in receipt of taxable social security benefit, or those who have other income may need to review their total household income and tell HMRC if the income detail held is incorrect.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Wed, 22 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0100

Tax Credits updates required this month

Families and individuals that receive tax credits should ensure that they review their tax credit claims by 31 July 2020. Claimants who do not inform HMRC about relevant changes in their circumstances by the deadline date may have their payments stopped.

HMRC has sent tax credits renewal packs to tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients who need to respond to do so online. All renewal packs should have been received by the end of June. A renewal is required if the pack has a red line across the first page and it says, 'reply now'. If the pack has a black line and says, 'check now', recipients will need to check the details are correct. If the details are correct the tax credit awards will be renewed automatically. The self-employed, those in receipt of taxable social security benefit or those who have other income may need to review their total household income and advise HMRC if the income held is incorrect.

As part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the government in April announced that the basic element Working Tax Credit payments would be increased from an expected £1,995 to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year starting on 6 April 2020. This increase of £1,040 is an increase equivalent to £20 per week for the current tax year. The actual maximum additional amount that Working Tax Credits recipients receive depends on their individual circumstances, including their level of household income.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Wed, 08 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0100

Working Tax Credits are now increased

We would like to remind our readers that as part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the basic element Working Tax Credit payments was increased to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year.

This increase of £1,045 is equivalent to an extra £20 each week for the current tax year. The actual amount that Working Tax Credits recipients will receive depends on their specific circumstances, including their level of household income.

If you claim Working Tax Credits, you do not have to take any action or contact HMRC – the increase in your payments should have started automatically from 6 April 2020.

The government also increased child benefit, other tax credits rates and thresholds and guardian's allowance by 1.7% from 6 April 2020.

There have also been corresponding increases in Universal Credit available to many employed and self-employed workers on low incomes or who have become unemployed. This has seen the government increase the basic element and remove the minimum income floor in a move to benefit the self-employed. The minimum income floor does not currently apply, this measure is due to last until the Coronavirus outbreak is over.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Wed, 13 May 2020 05:00:00 +0100

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