There’s only a week left to renew your child tax credits, or risk missing out

HMRC is urging Glaswegian parents and guardians to renew their tax credits this week – or risk having their payments stopped.

Glasgow North East has the highest number of tax credit recipients in the country at 8,500; and families all over the city risk missing out if they don’t meet the July 31 deadline.

To qualify for tax credits parents or guardians must have a child 16 years old or younger at the end of the tax year. The child can also be a stepchild, foster child or be adopted.

However, it has to be renewed and HM Revenue and Customs are warning 313,000 recipients that they only have a week to ensure their payments aren’t affected.

“We’ve made some really helpful improvements this year to our online and app services to support our customers,” said Rachel McLean, interim director general of customer services at HMRC.

“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.

“I urge customers in Scotland who have yet to renew their tax credits to do so as soon as possible, thereby avoiding their payments being stopped. The July 31 deadline is fast approaching.”

Last year 410,000 people across the UK had payments stopped or altered because they missed the deadline to inform revenue chiefs of changes to their circumstances.

These include changes to working hours, income and childcare costs.

To update your information, visit gov.co.uk or use the HMRC app.

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