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Tax Credit Renewals

Started by Tombenefits   on 14 July 2017 at 10:51

Hello all,

It's that time of year again when HMRC send you the annual tax credit renewals information. Another admin pain, especially if you are concentrating on looking pale and interesting through chemo, but compared with updating its previous or successor benefits its fairly simple to do. 

In some cases,  you just need to take a look and see if the information they quote around your taxable income and circumstances for the rest of this tax year sems about right. If it seems OK, then you don't actually have to do anything.

For others, with letters marked with a red line, there is a requirement for you to get back in touch with HMRC. It may be just an active signed declaration that is needed or it may be a bit of further information.

The main thing is if you do need to respond it, do it by the deadline in the letter or your tax credits could be stopped. And potentially the provisional  payments you have had since April be recovered.

It is a relatively straightforward process and HMRC have produced a handy video which you can see here

If you are only recently started living with a cancer diagnosis then you may find that tax credits could be a useful way of topping up temporarily reduced income, if you or a partner are carrying on with some paid work.

You also count as a 'worker" for Working Tax Credit for the first 6 months of an illness.

And if you have children, whether you are in work or not, Child Tax Credit can really help.

If you were on tax credits already, before cancer came crashing into your lives - then it is worth looking at the renewals carefully. Do the income figures they are using for the year ahead (based on last year's look likely if you or your partner may be taking some time out of work or reducing hours a bit?  

If not, you can either contact them now to suggest a likelier figure or leave as is for it to come out in the wash after April 2018.

If you have any queries about your tax credit renewal, tax credits in general or any other benefits please message me

Best wishes,


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