The government has confirmed that people who cannot work their normal hours because of coronavirus (COVID-19) will still receive their usual tax credits payments.

Those working reduced hours or being furloughed, will not have their tax credits payments affected if they’re still employed or self-employed. If this affects you, you don’t need to contact HMRC. They will treat customers as working their normal hours until the Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme close, even if you’re not using either scheme.

HMRC will use the information they hold about the number of hours you normally work.

You can still report any other changes in income, childcare and hours in the normal way. However, you must tell HMRC if you or your partner lose your job, are made redundant or cease trading.

You can continue to claim Working Tax Credit and be treated as though you’re working your normal hours. You should however check gov.uk to see if additional or alternative support is available based on your personal and financial circumstances.

If you are worried about your finances during the COVID-19 outbreak, please contact us.

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