Tax credits have been replaced by Universal Credit for most people. You can only make a new claim for tax credits if you:
get the severe disability premium, or are entitled to it
got or were entitled to the severe disability premium in the last month, and you are still eligible for it
Start your claim
Call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to make a new claim.
You will be asked for some information and given an estimate of how much you will get. You may be asked for:
your National Insurance number (if you have one)
your income for the last tax year
details of any benefits you get
details of any childcare payments
the number of hours you work per week
HM Revenue and Customs
Telephone: 0345 300 3900
Textphone: 0345 300 3909
Outside UK: +44 2890 538 192
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
You could be fined up to £3,000 if you give wrong information.
Get help with your application
You can get help from HMRC, or your benefits office.
Someone else can call HMRC to get general advice on your behalf, but they will need to apply for authorisation to discuss your claim. If you want them to manage your payments, they will have to become an ‘appointee’.
Further information on how to claim tax credits can be found on GOV.UK's website.