Tax Credits: Making a claim

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

Now that Universal Credit is available across the UK, most people can no longer make a brand new 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. For more information, see our who can claim section.

For those entitled to claim tax credits, this section explains how to claim, when tax credits can be backdated and when a protective claim might be necessary.

Last reviewed/updated 24 April 2019