HM Revenue & Customs has issued an urgent reminder to tax credit claimants that they need to renew before the 31 July deadline or their payments will stop.
Renewing tax credits is simple - you need to check the accuracy of the information in the renewals pack you've been sent, and let HM Revenue know of any changes in your circumstances you haven't already reported during the year, such as your working hours, childcare costs or pay. You must also provide details of your previous year's income.
Having the right documents to hand will help reduce errors when you're filling out the form, for example, payslips, your end of year P60 form and childcare details.
HM Revenue's Director of Benefits and Credits, Steve Lamey, said: "There are only a few days left to renew your tax credits, so you need to take urgent action if your haven't done so. It's simple - if you don't renew your claim before 31 July, your payments will stop."
HM Revenue has recently launched a series of new online help videos which take tax credit claimants step-by-step through the renewals process. They are available - as well as lots of other help and information on tax credit renewals - from the DirectGov website.
You can also call the tax credits helpline number at 0845 300 3900 for additional help and advice.
To read more abut tax credits and UK tax law, visit FindLaw. Alternatively, you may want to consult a solicitor who specialises in tax and benefits to find out how GAAR would impact you. You can find a quality-assured tax solicitor in your area for free via a referral service like Contact Law, which can also help you to better understand your situation and whether you are even ready to hire a solicitor.