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You might have to provide proof that you're getting tax credits if you claim other benefits. So it's a good idea to keep all your tax credits paperwork together in a safe place in case you need it later on.
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Sometimes the amount of tax credits you get is taken into account if you're claiming some other types of benefit.
You might have to give proof that you're getting tax credits if you wanted to claim benefits such as:
Some of the offices who pay these benefits may ask to see your tax credits award. This could be for proof of your income, or to show that you're entitled to tax credits.
You might have to fill in a form if you're going to claim any other benefits or grants. Ask the organisation you're applying to for help with what you need to provide. For example, they might want:
If you're already getting tax credits, your award notice will contain all the information that's needed including:
If you've just made a tax credits claim you may not have got your award notice yet. But you should get this within 30 days of making your claim.
You can ask the Tax Credit Helpline for a copy of your award notice. You should tell them why you need it when you contact them.
The Tax Credit Office will send you one of the following:
There's no rule for how long you should keep your tax credits paperwork - it's up to you. But it's a good idea to keep award notices and other important letters until you stop getting tax credits.