How to renew tax credits

If you’re claiming tax credits, you’ll be sent a renewal pack. It’ll say if you need to do anything to renew your tax credits.

Let HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) know about any changes to your circumstances or if your details are wrong.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

If your renewal pack has a black line and says ‘check now’

You’ll need to check your details. If they’re correct, you do not need to do anything. Your tax credits will be automatically renewed.

Your renewal pack will say how much you’ll be paid this year - this is your ‘award notice’. You might need to show your award notice to get certain benefits.

If your renewal pack has a red line and says ‘reply now’

You’ll need to renew your tax credits by the date shown on your renewal pack. For most people, this is 31 July 2023.

You’ll get estimated (‘provisional’) payments after 6 April until you renew. HMRC may pay you a different amount based on new information from your employer or pension provider.

If you miss the deadline for renewing

You’ll be sent a statement (TC607). If you contact HMRC within 30 days of the date on the statement your tax credit claim may be restored and you will not have to pay anything back.

If you contact HMRC later than the 30 days, they will ask you to explain the reasons for the delay - known as ‘good cause’ - before they consider restoring your claim.

If your claim is restored, HMRC will tell you how much you’ll get within 8 weeks of receiving your renewal.

If you do not contact HMRC at all after receiving the statement, your tax credits payments will stop and you will have to pay back the tax credits you’ve received since 6 April 2023.

If HMRC stops your payments, you cannot make a new claim for tax credits.

You can apply for either of the following instead:

Contact HMRC

Contact HMRC if:

  • you’ve missed the deadline for renewing your tax credits

  • you’ve renewed your tax credits and there’s a mistake on your award notice

You’ll need: