Changes for tax credits and Child Benefit customers with Post Office card accounts - 5 April deadline
The 1 December 2021 deadline for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to stop making payments of Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and tax credits into Post Office card accounts has been extended.
A one-off extension to the contract with the Post Office means customers now have until 5 April 2022 to provide alternative account details to HMRC.
HMRC is urging customers who receive their payments via Post Office card accounts to act now so they still get their money on time.
Any tax credits, Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance customers who receive their benefits or payments via a Post Office card account have until 5 April 2022 to set up a new account and notify HMRC of the details so they can continue to receive their payments. Any suspended payments will be held and then paid to the customer once they notify HMRC of the new details.
If customers already have an alternative bank account, they can contact HMRC now to update their details. If they do not have an alternative, they should set up a new bank, building society or credit union account to receive their money.
Customers can use their Personal Tax Account to provide revised account details. Alternatively, Child Benefit customers can change their bank account details via GOV.UK or by contacting the Child Benefit helpline on 0300 200 3100. Tax credits customers can change their bank account details by contacting the tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900. If customers cannot open a bank account, they should contact HMRC.
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