Similarly, if their claim for tax credits is dependent on the qualifying benefit, providing they claim within 31 days (93 days prior to 6 April 2012) of being awarded the benefit they can receive full backdating. She applies for disability living allowance for her daughter Amy in April 2007.
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.
CTC claims are normally backdated to the date of birth of the child, or by 31 days, whichever gives the shorter period.
If the claimant is returning to work after leaving benefits and claiming WTC, then it is likely that you will receive automatic 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.
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.
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.
It is important to note that any backdated amount due will be reduced by any support received under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (such as NASS payments) unless any DWP backdating has already been reduced to take these payments into account.