Tax credits renewal deadline is just days away!

Tax Credits Renewal Deadline Just Days Away – Don’t Miss Out!

Tax credits renewal deadline is just days away!

If you’re claiming tax credits and haven’t yet renewed, then you’d be wise to pay very close attention to the following …

Don’t Miss Out

Tax Credits are payments made to eligible people with children and/or very low incomes. Examples include Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits and the payments are made by the UK Government. However, the scheme rules are complex and part of that includes a strict renewal process, with a built-in deadline.

Renewal Deadline

Alarmingly, even if you are already claiming tax credits, there’s a high likelihood that your payments will cease completely unless you take proactive steps to renew your claim to them by 31st July* 2018 — that’s just a few days away at time of writing, so there is no time to lose.

* If your renewal pack states a different deadline, then that applies instead of 31st July in your case.

How to Renew Tax Credits

If you are claiming tax credits, you will be sent a renewal pack.

If your renewal pack has a red line across the first page, then you will need to send a reply.

Note that you can only renew your claim once you have received your renewal pack. Having received the pack, you should then ideally renew your tax credits online although see below for other options.

Automatic Renewal

If your form shows the code ‘TC 603 R’, you do not need to send a reply and your tax credits will be renewed automatically. However, you must make sure that you check the form carefully in case any of your details are incorrect. Should you fail to report any errors or to confirm any changes in your circumstances, your tax credits could stop or you could receive a fine. You can report errors and changes in circumstances using the Tax Credits Online Service.

Online Renewals

Renewing online is HMRC’s preferred method of renewal, via the Gov.UK website.

Telephone Renewals

To renew your claim to tax credits via telephone, simply contact the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900 or textphone: 0345 300 3909.

Postal Renewals

You can also renew your tax credits claim by post. Send your claim to: Comben House, Farriers Way, Netherton L75 1AX. Make sure that your renewal claim arrives by 31 July and we also recommend sending by recorded delivery so you have some proof of the arrival date.

What Next?

You should hear back from HMRC within Read more

Tax Credit Cuts Blocked by the House of Lords

House of Lords vs The Chancellor

In an almost unprecedented move, the House of Lords has backed a motion asking the government to revise its proposed tax credit cuts. This is the first time in 100 years that the lords have voted down a financial package and this is an embarrassing blow to George Osborne. The Chancellor has been asked to delay his proposed tax cuts until he comes up with a way of compensating low paid workers over the course of the first three years.

At present 9 in every 10 households receive tax credits but under the Chancellor’s new proposals this would reduce to 5 out of every 10 from April 2016. This means 3 million working families would lose, on average, about £1000 if the proposed changes go through next April.

Working Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit

There are 2 types of credit; Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Under the Chancellor’s new proposals Read more

Email Scam Warning in run-up to HMRC Tax Credits Deadline

Phishing scamsHMRC have sent out warnings over a significant threat from new ‘phishing’ emails purporting to be from them. They are, in fact, scam emails which include links to replicas of the HMRC site and are designed to trick people into disclosing security-sensitive financial and personal information such as bank details, National Insurance numbers, credit card details, passwords, mother’s maiden names and so on. In the wrong hands these details could mean theft of your money or even your identity. Many people do not realise they have been scammed until it’s too late so taxpayers need to stay alert when checking emails and browsing online.

HMRC state that they never ask for payment and personal information by email and also warned people to be very wary of opening email attachments as many contain malicious code of one form or another. This is especially difficult because some of the fraudulent emails look very genuine, even appearing on casual inspection to come from an email address like taxreturns@hmrc.gov.uk and containing promises of tax refunds or Read more

New HMRC Service to Replace Closing Enquiry Centres

Tax adviceHer Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (‘HMRC’) have now completed a 7 month pilot scheme, held across the North East of England, whereby they closed existing HMRC Enquiry Centres and instead offered those requiring extra help with tax-related issues assistance in a different, more tailored way. With the pilot scheme now complete and deemed a success, all Enquiry Centres across the UK will be closed by 30 June 2014 (just a few days away at time of writing) in favour of the new, more tailored system.

Since the end of May, HMRC have already been rolling out the replacement service, being “a new way to support people who need extra help to get their taxes, tax credits and child benefit entitlements right”. The new service will be more tailored to individual needs and will apparently be more efficient than the Enquiry Centres, which have seen demand drastically falling over recent years. So evidently the new service is also about saving the Government money, which is good to see as it helps to reduce the UK’s overall tax burden and mitigates possible tax increases.

The Replacement Service

The replacement service will be available by telephone or face-to-face via a mobile squad of advisers, who will deal with you on the telephone, visit your home or meet you within your local community, if preferred. The HMRC specialist involved will try to resolve, as fully as possible, all tax and tax credit-related queries during the course of the initial session. This will be aided by liaison, during that session, between the adviser and other experts from different departments within HMRC; the aim being to Read more

Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for people under 65, including children, who have normally care needs or encounter problems getting about.
Disability living allowance (DLA) is paid at different rates depending on how your disability affects you.
There are two types of disability living allowance:one is the care component and the other is the mobility component. You may be able to get one claim or even be entitled to both.
For the care component there are three types of rates. Lower, middle, and higher. To be eligible for the lower rate, you must need help or supervision for most of the day or be unable to cook a main meal for yourself. For this lower rate you would be entitled to £17.75 per week. If you were receiving the middle rate you would get £44.85 per week, this would be because you would need personal care continually through the day or night. To be entitled to the higher rate you would need help throughout the whole day and during the night as well, the higher rate pays £67.00 per week. Even if you live alone and no-one is actually giving you the care you need, you still can get the care component for Disability Living Allowance.
There are only two types of rates for the mobility component, lower and higher. To get this part of the disability living allowance, you must have difficulty in getting out and about. For the lower rate, you would get £17.75 per week if you need guidance or supervision out of doors or in unfamiliar places. For higher rate of this component, you would be entitled to £46.75. This would be because you are unable or virtually unable to walk, or if you have no legs or feet, also if you get very short of breath after only walking a short distance.
To claim DLA you must have needed help for at least 3 months and be likely to need it for another 6 months. However there are special rules that apply to people that have a terminal illness, this allowing them to get the allowance more quickly and easily. This must be claimed before you reach 65.
If you were to start getting the DLA there is chance it could increase your other benefits such as Council Tax Benefits, Working Tax Credits, Pension Credits, Income support, Housing Benefit and Child Tax Credit. This is because Disability Living Allowance is normally ignored as income for working out these income-related benefits and credits.
To claim for DLA, you can call the benefit line enquiry on 0800 88 22 00,download a form from the governments website or contact your local Jobcentre office or local social security office.
We hope you found this useful, and if you do have any more questions regarding anything to do with Disability Living Allowance, please feel free to pop into our office in South London, Tulse Hill, talk to our accountants and tax advisors in our Exeter office, or send us an email.