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If you've been sent an Annual Declaration, renew your tax credits claim as quickly as possible. The sooner you renew, the sooner the Tax Credit Office can work out your payments for the coming tax year. Find out when you need to renew and what to do if you've only been sent an Annual Review form.
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You won't be able to renew until you have received your renewal pack and you know what forms you've been sent.
You can expect your pack between 19 April and 28 June. The Tax Credit Office doesn't send all the packs out at once, and yours may not arrive until the end of this period.
If you don't get your pack by 28 June, contact the Tax Credit Helpline. They will send you the forms you need.
You can't get a renewal pack online.
You should provide the information asked for in the Annual Declaration (TC603D or TC603D2) as quickly as possible, and definitely no later than 31 July. Your renewal pack will tell you if you have a different deadline.
The earlier you renew, the sooner the Tax Credit Office can:
A tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the next.
If you delay renewing, you could be paid too much tax credits (an 'overpayment') that you have to pay back. This could build up the longer you leave it before renewing.
You might not be able to provide details of your actual income for the last tax year if:
You should still renew, but provide an estimate of your income. You will have to provide details of your actual income later - usually by 31 January. Check Step C of your Annual Review notice to see if you've been given a different deadline.
If you have only been sent an Annual Review notice (TC603R), you don't need to renew. Your claim will be renewed automatically. But you need to tell the Tax Credit Helpline straight away if:
You need to reply by 31 July, or the deadline shown in your renewal pack. If you don't, the Tax Credit Office will:
You then have a further 30 days to provide the information asked for in the renewal pack. If you don't provide the information within 30 days, you will usually have to make a new tax credits claim.
The Tax Credit Office will ask you to pay back any overpayments from the last tax year - and any payments made to you since 6 April.
You don't need to renew, but if you haven't reported a change or any incorrect information on your notice, contact the Tax Credit Helpline straightaway. This can help to prevent an overpayment building up.