Tax credits customers in Newcastle who are now living with a partner are being reminded to update their tax credits claim as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) launches a new campaign to reduce tax credits error and fraud.
Newcastle has one of the highest number of claimants in the UK with around 95,000 customers receiving tax credits, and of these over 54 per cent are claims as a single person. As the national average for single person claims is around 35 per cent, HMRC are checking claims in Newcastle to ensure they are up to date and correct.
If you are one of the 52,000 customers in Newcastle currently claiming as a single person, then you must let HMRC know immediately if your circumstances change in order to avoid receiving an incorrect payment, and risk facing a penalty or prosecution.
Paul Gerrard, Director of Operations, Benefits and Credits, HMRC, said:
“It is the customer’s responsibility to tell HMRC about any change of circumstance that affects their tax credits entitlement, and we will work with customers to understand their correct circumstances and eligibility.
“We are reminding customers to contact us about any changes, such as moving in with a new partner, and to tell us now about any other undeclared changes in order to ensure they receive the correct payment.