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If you're in the UK but your family is abroad it's important you fill in your tax credits claim form correctly. If you don't, your payments may be delayed or you might be paid the wrong amount.
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Make a single tax credit claim if you're in the UK and one of the following applies:
Make a joint claim for tax credits if you're in the UK and one of the following applies:
The countries in the EEA along with the UK are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Include children on your claim form if you live in the UK and one of the following applies:
Also include children on your claim form if you live in the EEA or Switzerland and regularly travel to the UK for work. Regularly means every day, for example.
You need to include details on your claim form of:
You have to give the amounts in British pounds, not foreign currency. Use the average exchange rate for the year your income relates to. For example if your income relates to 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013, use the average for the year ended 31 March 2013.
If you get some family benefits from the EEA or Switzerland, you don't include them as income. But you will need to tell the Tax Credit Office about them when you send in your claim form. You can do this by sending in a separate note with your form.
You may not have a National Insurance number yet. But you should still send in your claim form along with a separate note that gives:
Your partner may also not have a National Insurance number - for example because they haven't worked in the UK. But you should still send in the claim form and explain why they don't have one.
You - or your partner - might not have applied for a National Insurance number yet. If so, the Tax Credit Office will contact you to let you know what you need to do to apply for one.
Give the address where you and your partner - if you have one - are actually living when you fill in the claim form. Don’t put a UK address for your partner if your partner does not live in the UK. Put the address where they normally live, including the country.
If you're making a joint claim, both of you need to sign the form. But if your partner lives outside the UK and can't sign the form you should sign it yourself. And you should send in a note saying why your partner couldn't sign it.