Renew early or risk no tax credit payments

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THE 144,300 tax credit customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are being reminded by HM Revenue & Customs that they must renew claims by the deadline or their payments may stop.

They are being urged to act as soon as they receive a renewal pack from HMRC to ensure it is processed by the July 31 cut-off.

The department is also asking claimants to double-check the accuracy of the information in the pack.

Claimants must also let HMRC know of any changes in their circumstances that they haven’t already reported during the year, including childcare costs and pay.

HMRC’s director of benefits and credits, Steve Lamey, said: ‘Our message to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s tax credit claimants is – renew early, renew accurately and renew on time.

‘If claimants don’t renew their claims before July 31, payments may stop.’