Backdating a claim

20-Oct-2019 03:58

WTC 1 gives a brief outline of tax credits and WTC 2 covers the system in more detail.But neither leaflet mentions backdating of initial claims and how claimants go about requesting it, if it is not automatic.Firstly it is clear to us that HMRC owe many tax credit claimants a lot of money for backdating payments not made; secondly it is not acceptable to continue with this policy of not telling people of their entitlements.On the claim form for Pension Credit, a benefit which also allows three months backdating, there is a whole part dedicated to backdating.

How to appeal against a backdating decision The maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is 1 month for anyone of working age and 3 months for anyone who of State Pension Credit age.We will look at your reason for wanting your claim to be backdated and we will write to you with our decision.If you don't agree with our decision, you can ask us to look at it again. These groups include: However, claimants who have no children and who have been in work prior to HMRC receiving their claim do not have their claims backdated automatically.Instead, HMRC are paying working tax credit only from the date the claim form is received at their office, meaning that these claimants may miss out on up to three months of tax credits (which typically might be worth £500).

How to appeal against a backdating decision The maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is 1 month for anyone of working age and 3 months for anyone who of State Pension Credit age.We will look at your reason for wanting your claim to be backdated and we will write to you with our decision.If you don't agree with our decision, you can ask us to look at it again. These groups include: However, claimants who have no children and who have been in work prior to HMRC receiving their claim do not have their claims backdated automatically.Instead, HMRC are paying working tax credit only from the date the claim form is received at their office, meaning that these claimants may miss out on up to three months of tax credits (which typically might be worth £500).This is accompanied by a section explaining the backdating rules and how to request it.