Tax credits have been replaced by Universal Credit for most people. You can only make a new claim for tax credits if you:
get the severe disability premium (external link), or are entitled to it
got or were entitled to the severe disability premium in the last month, and you are still eligible for it
If you cannot make a new claim for tax credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit (external link) (or Pension Credit (external link) if you and your partner are State Pension age or over).
Start your claim
Call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to make a new claim.
You will be asked for some information and given an estimate of how much you will get. You may be asked for:
your National Insurance number (if you have one)
your income (external link) for the last tax year
details of any benefits you get (external link)
details of any childcare payments
the number of hours you work per week
HM Revenue and Customs
Telephone: 0345 300 3900
Textphone: 0345 300 3909
Outside UK: +44 2890 538 192
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
You could be fined up to £3,000 if you give wrong information.
Get help with your application
Someone else can call HMRC to get general advice on your behalf, but they will need to apply for authorisation (external link) to discuss your claim. If you want them to manage your payments, they will have to become an ‘appointee’ (external link).