Tax credits claimants urged to renew early

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MORE than 100,000 people who receive tax credits are urged to renew them early to avoid a last-minute rush.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has started sending tax credits renewal packs to households.

Claimants need to tell HMRC about any changes to their circumstances that they haven’t already reported. This includes changes to working hours, childcare costs, and income, or if a partner has moved in.

Nick Lodge, HMRC’s director of benefits and credits, said: ‘People in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 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.’

Everyone in the area who is planning to claim is 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 details of childcare payments.

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