So it’s come to that time of year again when it times to get your tax credits sorted. And oh what a job it is! From the gathering your information, to filling out the forms, to the long and painful waiting on the phone to the HMRC. We know all too well about this is a tedious job but, as we have been asked a lot, is there an easier way?

And the answer is yes! HMRC are now encouraging people to renew their tax credits online instead of over the phone or by post. The online service lets you renew your tax credits nice and quickly and gives you an immediate confirmation of whether you are successful in your renewal and the amount you will receive. This quick and easy system means that you avoid the long, painful calls on hold and the possible mishaps of paper renewals being lost in the post.

If you are already set up with a Government gateway, all you’ll need is:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Phone number in which you’ll receive a code to sign into your account
  • Online reference number which you will find on your renewal pack

Once you have all of this information, you are on a quick, easy road to renewal! But, if you don’t have an account, this will be where the tricky side comes in …

You need a Government gateway account to be able to renew online, there is no way of doing it online without one. So if you haven’t got one, you will have to create one and this may take a bit of time as they will require a form a photo ID and details from your P60 to set you up with this account.

However, spending this bit of timing setting up your account could mean that you save a whole load of time in phone queue’s or waiting back from a postal renewal (which can take up to 8 weeks in some cases!).

So, to renew online, either with or without an account, just click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/manage-your-tax-credits

For any help on tax credits, just give us a call or stop by and we will be happy to help.