Search

Tax credit claimants must report changes - or it could cost them money.

17:00 05 March 2013

Tax credits claimants in Great Yarmouth, Breckland and Broadland are being reminded to report changes - or face financial penalty.

There are 8,900 claimants in Great Yarmouth, 8,900 in Breckland and 6,700 in Broadland.

Changes in circumstances could be an increase or decrease in working hours, childcare costs, living arrangements or the amount of income.

From April this year, households where the combined income is increasing by more than £5,000 for the tax year must tell HM Revenue and Customs as an income increase will reduce claimant’s tax credit award for the 2013/14 tax year.

Urging people to get in touch if they need advice, HMRC’s director general of benefits and credits Nick Lodge said: “Many people forget or fail to tell us about important changes – such as having a partner move in or an increase in income – which will affect the amount of money they receive.

“This could mean that they don’t get all the money they are entitled to.

“Or they could receive money that they have to pay back.

“We therefore urge them to report changes promptly, and make sure all details are accurate.”

To inform HRMC of changes or get advice on tax credits call 0345 3003900.

HRMC will sometimes charge a penalty if claimants do not send the information they are asked for or are careless or dishonest in making their claim.

If someone receives more money than they are entitled to, they will have to pay it back.

1 comment

  • thought this was always the case with tax credits. news shortage?

    Report this comment

    calmudownboy

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Other News

Yesterday, 14:45
Image issued by the British Geological Survey of a graphic showing where an earthquake struck in Sandwich, Kent. Photo: British Geological Survey

Tremors from an earthquake in Kent were felt as far away as Cromer in the early hours of this morning.

Yesterday, 13:22
'Who, me?' An innocent-looking Freddie, sporting Norwich City colours.

When Matt Grimmer received a text from his wife telling him to phone home urgently, he knew something terrible must have happened.

Yesterday, 12:55
Great Yarmouth College marine engineering lecturer pictured with staff and students who are transforming the bus for TLC, that has been vandalised, setting their good work back. Photo: Steve Adams

A charity group has been left saddened after vandals attacked its double-decker bus that is set to become a mobile outreach centre.

Yesterday, 12:54
Secrete have been making concrete blocks to form a sea defence for Hemsby coastline.
Lee Rowland inspecting the blocks.

A giant wall of honeycomb is being tipped as the innovative answer to erosion problems at Hemsby, bringing a new sense of optimism.

Most Read

Yesterday, 12:54
Secrete have been making concrete blocks to form a sea defence for Hemsby coastline.
Lee Rowland inspecting the blocks.

A giant wall of honeycomb is being tipped as the innovative answer to erosion problems at Hemsby, bringing a new sense of optimism.

Read more
Norfolk County Council
Yesterday, 13:21
Rob Courtnell and Lisa Boxell moved to their house in Winterton a few weeks ago and decided to turn the garden into a haven fro Lisa's two daughters Kiera and Evie.

As part of that they built a treehouse at the end of their footpath. But they have been told by the council that they have to take it down because it is dangerous.

A couple have slammed council bosses for their “harsh” approach after they were ordered to take down their handmade treehouse.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:45
Image issued by the British Geological Survey of a graphic showing where an earthquake struck in Sandwich, Kent. Photo: British Geological Survey

Tremors from an earthquake in Kent were felt as far away as Cromer in the early hours of this morning.

Read more
Twitter
Yesterday, 12:55
Great Yarmouth College marine engineering lecturer pictured with staff and students who are transforming the bus for TLC, that has been vandalised, setting their good work back. Photo: Steve Adams

A charity group has been left saddened after vandals attacked its double-decker bus that is set to become a mobile outreach centre.

Read more
Great Yarmouth
Yesterday, 08:47
The air ambulance landing at Potter Heigham

A woman who died in a tragic boating accident while on holiday on the Norfolk Broads has been named.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Great Yarmouth Mercury e-edition today E-edition