With only one month left to renew tax credit claims, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued top tips for claimants.
People have to renew their claims by 31 July - or their payments could stop.
Alison McDonald, Director, Benefits and Credits, said:
"The sooner you renew, the sooner we can check your payments are right. You should check your details carefully as any errors you make now could mean you receive less money.
"We are publishing top tips to remind people who need to renew their tax credits to do so, and how."
Tax Credit renewal tips
1. If you don't get your pack by 30 June, contact the Tax Credit Helpline.
2. Renew your tax credits claim as quickly as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner HMRC's Tax Credit Office can work out your payments for the coming tax year.
3. You only need to contact HMRC if you receive an Annual Declaration form as well as an Annual Review notice.
4. You don't need to contact HMRC if you receive only an Annual Review notice (as your claim will be renewed automatically), unless your personal circumstances have changed.
5. Check all the information in the renewal pack, making sure all the changes reported in the last year are included. If anything isn't right, contact the Tax Credit Office.
6. Report any changes - including bank details - by calling the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900, or in writing.
7. If you contact the helpline, have handy: your National Insurance number; your password, if you have one; your renewal pack; details of any new changes in circumstances; the amount of your household's total income for the last tax year.
8. You should follow the instructions on your form to confirm your claim for last year even if your circumstances have changed and you are no longer eligible for the current year.
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