Back to School with Tax Credits

Claimants of tax credits are being reminded by HMRC that they must let them know of changes in their family circumstances within one month of the change. HMRC advise that, with children now back at school and those with older children starting or returning college and university courses soon, it is important that claimants let HMRC know if family circumstances have changed.

HMRC give a few examples to help claimants:

‘If you've a child over 16 who's started, or is about to start, further education at school or college, make sure you call HMRC as soon as possible and let them know. Otherwise, it could mean you're missing out on extra money.
And if you told HMRC your child was staying on at school or college after their exams and they've since changed their minds, contact them now, so they can update your claim.

Also, if your childcare costs, the hours you work, or the amount you earn changed after the kids went back, HMRC needs to know that, too.

In fact, if you're receiving tax credits, it's important to let HMRC know as soon as you can about changes in your circumstances, whatever the reason or time of year.’
Sarah Walker, HMRC Director of Benefits and Credits, said:

‘We know people lead busy lives and it can be easy to forget, or put off, telling us about these changes. But letting us know about changes in your work and home life means your details are up to date, and helps us make sure you are receiving the right entitlement.’

Internet links: Press release and HMRC tax credit information

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