If you now qualify for extra elements to be included because you (or someone in your family) start getting a qualifying benefit, you should contact HMRC straight away so they can be added to your claim.
Universal credit is being introduced geographically and in areas where the full (digital) service is available, it may no longer be possible to make a new claim for tax credits.
Existing tax credit claimants are expected to be moved across to universal credit between 20.
If you think you should have received backdating and have not, then you will need to appeal when you get your first award notice.
See our 'appeals section' for information on how to appeal.
Any backdated tax credit payments you get will be reduced by the amount of Government support you were given for living expenses during the time you were waiting for your asylum claim to be decided.
If you have already had a backdated payment of a social security benefit reduced because of this, you should be paid the full backdated amount of tax credits.Sometimes, these start being paid once you have made your tax credit claim, or you need to wait until the benefit starts to be paid to qualify for WTC.If you have had to wait to hear about getting a disability benefit paid, you might want to have your tax credits backdated to the date you claimed it.The date you are paid tax credits from is usually the date HMRC receive your claim form – this is your date of claim.However, you can be paid for an earlier period in certain circumstances. The Government is gradually introducing universal credit, a new benefit which will eventually replace tax credits, and some other social security benefits.Back to the top Some claims (and changes of circumstances) can be backdated longer than 31 days.