Don’t lose tax cred­its

Time to re­new

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Thou­sands of res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are at risk of hav­ing their tax cred­its stopped, the Re­former can re­veal.

With the tax re­newal dead­line just days away, HMRC is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to make sure they do not miss out.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial statis­tics, there are 7,500 peo­ple in the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency who need to re­new their tax cred­its - the joint high­est fig­ure for a Scot­tish con­stituency out­side of Glas­gow.

HMRC say the on­line re­newals sys­tem is now “eas­ier and more ac­ces­si­ble than ever be­fore”.

Cus­tomers can track the process of their re­newal and re­ceive email con­fir­ma­tion once sub­mit­ted re­mov­ing the need to scan or type in the bar­code num­ber from the back of the re­newals pack.

Rachel McLean, HMRC’s in­terim di­rec­tor gen­eral of cus­tomer ser­vices, said: “We’ve made some re­ally help­ful im­prove­ments this year to our on­line and app ser­vices to sup­port our cus­tomers. We know life can be hec­tic so the start and stop fea­ture al­lows cus­tomers to be­gin and com­plete their re­newal on a day and time con­ve­nient for them.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that 32,000 peo­ple have used our app and 733,000 cus­tomers have al­ready re­newed their tax cred­its on­line.”

The dead­line for re­newals is Mon­day, July 31.

On­line help and in­for­ma­tion on re­new­ing tax cred­its is avail­able on GOV.UK and via HMRC’s cus­tomer ser­vice Twit­ter feed @HMRC­cus­tomers. Sup­port is also avail­able on the tax cred­its helpline.

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