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    • pbsmiles
    • By pbsmiles 13th Mar 17, 12:46 PM
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    Tax Credits Advice Please
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    • 13th Mar 17, 12:46 PM
    Tax Credits Advice Please 13th Mar 17 at 12:46 PM
    Hello

    I have never been in a position to claim, however last year I went part time and my earnings dropped so this tax year should product about 22k earnings. I have been sent through the claim form, can you advise me on the best tips when completing it and is there anything that i should look out for. The previous year I earned 33k so I need to really stress that my situation has changed.

    Thank you.

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    • Darksparkle
    • By Darksparkle 13th Mar 17, 4:03 PM
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    Had she claimed at the beginning of the tax year and (presumably) received a zero award, would she then have received more for this year seeing as the claim would already have been in place?

    If so, is everyone better off making a claim for tax credits, on the off chance you might end up qualifying due to a drop in wages?
    Originally posted by andrewmp
    If a zero award and a change in income was reported that started entitlement, payments would start (although any money due from April until the date the change was reported would be held as a potential payment until the end of the year).

    Whether you should make a claim and leave it as a zero award really depends on your personal circunstances and how likely you think it is that there will be a change. It would really be a personal choice, there's nothing to stop you from doing it.
    • Icequeen99
    • By Icequeen99 13th Mar 17, 4:14 PM
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    It is called a protective claim http://revenuebenefits.org.uk/tax-credits/guidance/how-do-tax-credits-work/making-a-claim/tax-credits-protective-claims/ and yes, it can be valuable if you have a fall in income.

    IQ
    • pbsmiles
    • By pbsmiles 14th Mar 17, 1:22 PM
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    I have just rang the tax credits office and they have told me to complete form as 2015/2016 but put a covering letter in with a copy of my last pay slip as we are coming to the end of the next financial year and they will consider all of this.
    • Dazed and confused
    • By Dazed and confused 14th Mar 17, 2:25 PM
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    And no doubt send you an award, for 2016:17, based on £33000
    • andrewmp
    • By andrewmp 14th Mar 17, 2:36 PM
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    It is called a protective claim http://revenuebenefits.org.uk/tax-credits/guidance/how-do-tax-credits-work/making-a-claim/tax-credits-protective-claims/ and yes, it can be valuable if you have a fall in income.

    IQ
    Originally posted by Icequeen99
    Worth knowing, thanks.
    • Darksparkle
    • By Darksparkle 14th Mar 17, 3:06 PM
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    And no doubt send you an award, for 2016:17, based on £33000
    Originally posted by Dazed and confused
    I'd have to agree.
    • Dazed and confused
    • By Dazed and confused 14th Mar 17, 3:17 PM
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    No doubt a polite way for tax credits office to get the op off the phone.

    And every day the op prevaricates and delays sending in the claim they are losing money as i guess the claim can only be backdated so far?
    • Darksparkle
    • By Darksparkle 14th Mar 17, 3:36 PM
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    No doubt a polite way for tax credits office to get the op off the phone.

    And every day the op prevaricates and delays sending in the claim they are losing money as i guess the claim can only be backdated so far?
    Originally posted by Dazed and confused
    One month from the date it is received by HMRC. There are a few exceptions but none that seem to apply here.
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