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In certain circumstances tax credits claims can be backdated.
This section of the website provides information about when claims can be backdated as well as links to HMRC guidance about the backdating process.
Faizah claimed asylum as a refugee on 12th May 2008 and was granted refugee status on 10th April 2012.
She applies for tax credits on 8th May 2012 (within one month).
Backdating more than 31 days/1 month There are two situations in which it is possible to get backdating of more than 31days/1 month: Refugee status If a person has claimed asylum as a refugee and is then awarded refugee status, providing they apply for tax credits within one month of receiving notification of that refugee status, they will be treated as if they made their tax credits claim from the original date they claimed asylum.
Prior to 6 April 2012, refugees had 3 months from being awarded refugee status to inform HMRC and receive longer backdating.
The information below was written by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.
Standard backdating An initial claim can be backdated if the circumstances entitling the person to tax credits have subsisted for the period of the backdating.
But a claim may generally only be backdated by a maximum of 31 days.
Prior to 6 April 2012, the backdating period was 93 days.