Tax Credits: Making a claim

There is no entitlement to tax credits without a valid claim.

In areas where the Universal Credit full service is available, most people can no longer make a fresh claim for tax credits even where that fresh tax credits claim would otherwise be backdated to cover a period before the UC claim was made.

As well as information about how to claim, this section explains when tax credits can be backdated and when a protective claim might be necessary.

Last reviewed/updated 11 October 2018