HMRC has warned tax credits customers to be vigilant as there are a number of scams going around at the moment.

Scammers are targeting those who receive tax credits by sending emails or texts claiming to be from HMRC. They’re then asked to share personal information or even transfer money for a so-called overpayment. Many of these scams mimic official government communications which means that they can be very convincing.

If you’ve received something from HMRC and you’re not sure if it’s genuine or not, always get in touch with HMRC before giving away any information or making a payment. Don’t use the details used on the communication you received either. Head to HMRC’s website and look for the relevant contact details.

Customers can also head to GOV.UK for HMRC’s scams checklist to find out how to report tax scams and for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact.

If you’re a tax credits customers, please note that you have until 31 July 2021 to notify HMRC of any change in circumstances which could affect your claim. If you haven’t received your renewal pack by 4 June 2021, please contact HMRC.


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