Tax Credit Claimants Urged To Act Now
7:11am 1st May 2014
If you're one of the 45,000 people in Dorset who receive tax credits, HM Revenue and Customs has some advice for you.
You're being asked to renew early before the 31st July deadline to avoid a last minute rush.
HMRC has started sending out renewal packs, and claimants need to let them know about any changes to their circumstances, like working hours and childcare costs, income and if a partner has moved out.
HMRC's Director of Benefits and Credits, Nick Lodge, said:
"People in Dorset should check their details and renew early to make sure they get the right money. Don't leave it; people who don't renew on time risk losing their payments."
HMRC says phone lines become busy as late July nears, so the earlier claimants renew their claims the quicker and easier they will find it.
Claimants are urged to have the right documents available to help reduce mistakes when they are checking their form or calling HMRC's Tax Credits Helpline. These would be, for example, payslips, end of year P60 forms and childcare payment details.