Town’s tax credit claimants told to renew claims early

More than 7,000 families in Eastbourne are being urged to renew their tax credit claims early before the July 31 deadline to avoid a last minute rush.

HM Revenue and Customs has issued the appeal and has begun sending tax credits renewal packs to about 5.8 million households including the 7,400 claimants in the Eastbourne area. 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 Sussex 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.

Claimants are urged to have the right documents to help reduce mistakes when they are calling HMRC’s Tax Credits Helpline such as payslips, end of year P60 forms and childcare payment details.