If you are claiming child tax credit (CTC) only or CTC and working tax credit (WTC), this should happen automatically.
If you are claiming WTC only, you should attach a letter to your claim form asking for this backdating.
You will only get backdating for the period you met the qualifying rules; so if you only met the rules, for example, two weeks before your date of claim, you will only get two weeks' extra money.
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Back to the top If your circumstances change while you are on tax credits, and you qualify for extra elements to be included, you should contact HMRC straight away so they can be added to your claim.
If you met the rules for the new elements before you told HMRC about the change, they can backdate the change to your award up to 1 month, but you will need to ask for this.
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.
If you claim universal credit you cannot also make a claim for tax credits to cover a backdated period leading up to your universal credit claim. Andrea is single, aged 30 and works 25 hours a week.