Tax credit claimants set renewal deadline

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Tax credit claimants in South Yorkshire are being reminded to renew their claims – or their payments might stop.

HMRC will start sending Tax Credit renewal packs to about 5.8 million people across the country, including 115,000 people in South Yorkshire from this week.

Claimants are urged to act as soon as they receive a renewal pack, with a deadline for completed forms set at July 31.

About 10 per cent of people missed the deadline last year.

HMRC is also asking claimants to check the accuracy of the information in the pack, and may have to query some of it with employers.

Claimants must tell HMRC about any changes to their circumstances that they haven’t already reported, such as changes to working hours, childcare costs or pay.

If asked, they must also provide details of the previous year’s income.

The amount that a claimant’s income can change before HMRC must be told has been reduced this month, to £5,000.

Nick Lodge, HMRC director of benefits and credits, said: “Our message to people is to renew early and accurately.”