It should be noted that in 2006/2007 and earlier years, the disregard for rises in income was only £2,500 instead of £25,000.See our ‘understanding the disregards’ section for a fuller analysis of the consequences of this change from £2,500 to £25,000.The renewal process for 2016/17 compares the actual income of 2016/17 with that for 2015/16 to fix the final entitlement for 2016/17, and uses the income figure for 2016/17 to fix the initial award for 2017/18.
If the claimant did not make a relevant request (ie write to or phone HMRC to say they wished to renew their claims for 2011/2012), their claim lapsed at the end of the 2010/2011 tax year.
HMRC considered the exercise a success and decided to run a similar exercise for people who were Nil award in 2011/2012 or who HMRC thought would be a Nil award from April 2012 due to the various budget changes.
HMRC would automatically finalise the claim for the year just ended and set up a new claim for the current year.
These are what HMRC describe as auto-renewal cases.
HMRC will normally send a set of papers (normally between April and June each year), and so long as the information requested is given within the time limits requested, the legislation treats the claim as having being made for the new tax year in most cases.
Outline of the process For the majority of claimants the process aims to do two things: to reconcile entitlement for the year just gone (the current year) with what has been paid; and to renew the tax credit claim for the coming year.A complaint letter should also be sent to HMRC with a request for compensation equal to any tax credits and passported benefits that have been lost as a result of HMRC’s misleading information.HMRC did not run this exercise for the 2013/14, 2014/15 or 2015/16 tax years.Auto-renewals - Current Previously if the claimant was in receipt of the full CTC family element only, or if they had a nil award because their income was too high to receive any payments, HMRC sent them a TC603R only.If their personal circumstances had not changed and their income was within a prescribed range so that their award would remain the same, nothing further needed to be done.HMRC once again sent letters to claimants in February 2012 stating that if they did not contact HMRC by 31 March 2012, their claim for 2012-2013 would not be renewed. We do occasionally speak to claimants who want to withdraw from the tax credit system (see further the section below on withdrawing from the system) and from that point of view these initiatives may have seemed welcome.