DORSET tax credits customers are being reminded to check if they need to renew their tax credits by 31 July, or their payments could stop.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding tax credits customers to inform them of any changes in their circumstances or income by 31 July.

Whilst the majority of tax credit awards are renewed automatically in 2020, people in certain circumstances may need to review their total household income and tell HMRC if the income held is incorrect.

This includes the self-employed and those in receipt of taxable social security benefit.

If any information HMRC holds is incorrect or incomplete, customers may have to pay back any tax credits that have been overpaid, along with a potential penalty

Angela MacDonald, director general for customer services at HMRC, said: “During these uncertain times, while the UK comes together to combat Covid-19, tax credits payments are a vital source of support for millions of people and their families.

“If you have been contacted by HMRC to provide your income details, I urge you to contact the department before 31 July.”

For help with managing your tax credits, visit or call the tax credits helpline on 03453003900.