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Issued 01/06/2009

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued an important reminder to tax credits claimants - make sure you renew your claim by 31 July, otherwise your payments could stop.

If you're claiming tax credits, you should have received a renewal pack by now, containing details of your 2008/09 award. You need to check this, and let HMRC know of any changes in your circumstances, such as your working hours or pay. You will also be asked to provide details of your previous year's income, so HMRC can check you're receiving all the tax credits you're entitled to.

When renewing, make sure you have all the relevant information to hand, such as your childcare details and, if you're employed, your payslips and end-of-year P60 form.

And once you've renewed your claim, don't forget to let HMRC know about any subsequent changes in your circumstances as soon as they happen.

HMRC's Director of Benefits and Credits, Richard Summersgill, said:

"Renewing your tax credits claim is simple and straightforward. So, once you've received your pack, don't put it off. The sooner you renew, the sooner we can make sure that you're getting the right money."


1. Tax credits currently benefit around 6m families in the UK.

2. For any questions about your claim, the best place to start is the HMRC website at If that doesn't provide the answers, help and advice is available from the tax credits helpline on 0845 300 3900, which is available from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week.

3. Claimants on 'nil awards', and those receiving only the full family element of Child Tax Credit, will just receive the statement of their 2008/09 award. If these details are correct, no further action is needed, and their claims are automatically renewed. However, if the details on the award statement are wrong, they must tell HMRC.

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