Tax credits are state benefits which are generally available to lower income families. However, entitlement to the credits is significantly increased where individuals pay for childcare or suffer a drop in normal levels of income perhaps due to incurring trading losses or redundancy.
Individuals who have already claimed tax credits for 2010/11 have to finalise their provisional award, which would have originally been based on their 2009/10 income, and advise HMRC of any changes in their circumstances for 2011/12. This procedure is known as the renewals process. The deadline for the submission of tax credit renewals is generally 31 July 2011.
HMRC have been busily advertising the renewals process in the national press and on their website. Claimants need to be aware that the payment of tax credits will stop at the end of July if they have not renewed their applications by that date. There are significant changes to the income limits and claw back of entitlements for 2011/12 so you may wish to review the HMRC guidance. Alternatively if you need any help with the completion of your form or any advice on tax credits generally please contact Wallace Crooke Accountants either by phone or email.