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South West tax credit claimants don’t delay, renew your tax credits by 31 July – it’s too important to forget

By July 5, 2019January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding 221,600 tax credits customers in the South West that they must renew their tax credits by 31 July – or their payments will stop.

Tax credits help working families with targeted financial support. A new advertising campaign launched today is reminding customers to renew their tax credits on time, as this is too important to forget.

Renewing online is quick and easy. Customers can log into GOV.UK to check on the progress of their renewal, be reassured it’s being processed and know when they’ll hear back from HMRC.

Customers can also use the HMRC App on their smartphone to:

•           renew their tax credits;

•           check their tax credits payments schedule; and

•           find out how much they have earned for the year.

Angela MacDonald, Director General for Customer Services at HMRC, said:

“We know that our customers lead busy lives, which is why our online services are available day and night. Customers can complete their tax credit renewals at a time convenient to them. Renewing on time is vital to ensure that their payments don’t stop.”

Here is a breakdown of the number of children and families in each local authority in the South West in receipt of Child or Working Tax Credits:

SOUTH WEST

221.6 (thousands)

Bath and North East Somerset UA

 

4.2

Bournemouth UA

7.9

Bristol, City of UA

22.0

Cornwall UA

29.2

Isles of Scilly UA

0.1

North Somerset UA

7.0

Plymouth UA

12.9

Poole UA

5.7

South Gloucestershire UA

10.6

Swindon UA

8.0

Torbay UA

8.3

Wiltshire UA

14.2

 

 

Devon

36.0

East Devon

5.6

Exeter

5.7

Mid Devon

4.0

North Devon

5.0

South Hams

3.8

Teignbridge

6.0

Torridge

3.4

West Devon

2.5

 

 

Dorset

15.3

Christchurch

1.6

East Dorset

2.4

North Dorset

2.5

Purbeck

1.7

West Dorset

3.8

Weymouth and Portland

3.2

 

 

Gloucestershire

22.6

Cheltenham

3.8

Cotswold

2.3

Forest of Dean

3.5

Gloucester

6.4

Stroud

3.5

Tewkesbury

3.0

 

 

Somerset

17.7

Mendip

3.3

Sedgemoor

4.0

South Somerset

5.4

Taunton Deane

3.7

West Somerset

1.2

Claimants can get help and information on renewing tax credits:

•           On GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/tax-credits;

•           By tweeting @HMRCcustomers or posting on our Facebook page with general queries;

•           Using HMRC’s App, which is available on the App Store or Google Play Store;

•           Using the online forum (click on Tax Credits and You);

•           Through HMRC’s webchat help service; or

•           By calling the tax credits helpline: 0345 300 3900