Renew early to beat claims rush, says HMRC

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The 124,900 people who receive tax credits in Lancashire are being reminded by HM Revenue and Customs o renew early before the 31 July deadline to avoid a last minute rush.

HMRC says Chorley has 7,500 claimants, Preston 12,400 and South Ribble 7,100.

HMRC has begun sending tax credits renewal packs to about 5.8 million households. The packs are sent out between April and June. Claimants need to tell HMRC about any changes to their circumstances that they haven’t already reported, including changes to working hours, childcare costs, and income, or if a partner has moved in.

HMRC’s Director of Benefits and Credits, Nick Lodge, said: “People in Lancashire 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.”

HMRC’s phone lines become busy as late July nears, so the earlier claimants renew their claims the quicker and easier they will find it.

More than three million claimants renewed by the deadline last year, 86 per cent of those who were required to renew their claims.