Universal credit is being introduced geographically and in areas where the full (digital) service is available, it may no longer be possible to make a new claim for tax credits.Existing tax credit claimants are expected to be moved across to universal credit between 20.
For Northern Ireland the relevant body is the Appeals Service Northern Ireland.
If you've stopped claiming benefits because you've started a new job, or because you now work more than 16 hours a week, the Tax Credit Office may backdate your tax credits payments to the date your benefits stopped, if you claim within three months.
Your tax credits claim can be backdated for more than three months if any of the following sections below apply to you.
You can find out more about this in our universal credit section.
If you met the qualifying rules before your date of claim, HMRC will backdate your claim up to 31 days.