Some people may only qualify for WTC if they meet the criteria for the disability element of WTC.If you have claimed a relevant disability benefit that will give you entitlement to WTC (including the disability element) you need to make your claim for WTC within 31 days of the decision on your disability benefit.
Providing she makes her claim for WTC within 31 days of 6 December 2017, her WTC claim will be backdated to .If she does not make the claim within those 31 days, she can still claim WTC but will only receive 31 days' backdating.Some disability benefit claims (and asylum applications) take months, even years, to get sorted out and you could miss out on a lot of tax credits if you do not ask for backdating at the right time.Back to the top The disability-related elements of CTC and WTC are only included if you, or someone in your family, get certain disability benefits or payments.You will only get backdating for the period you met the qualifying rules; so if you only met the rules, for example, two weeks before your date of claim, you will only get two weeks' extra money.
You should check your tax credits award notices carefully to make sure any backdating has been included properly.
Back to the top If your circumstances change while you are on tax credits, and you qualify for extra elements to be included, you should contact HMRC straight away so they can be added to your claim.
If you met the rules for the new elements before you told HMRC about the change, they can backdate the change to your award up to 1 month, but you will need to ask for this.
Back to the top Some claims (and changes of circumstances) can be backdated longer than 31 days.
This is where: These are the only exceptions to the 31-day/one-month backdating rules.
If you are claiming child tax credit (CTC) only or CTC and working tax credit (WTC), this should happen automatically.