HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) encourages people across Scotland and the rest of the UK to check the range of financial aid available to ensure they don’t miss out on any savings or tax relief over the coming months , which could help raise the cost of living.
HMRC has listed the support available in a new dedicated section of the GOV.UK website to make sure people don’t miss a thing and can easily find out if they’re eligible with details on how to claim.
The new GOV.UK page gives people a one-stop-shop for all the benefits, credits and allowances available to individuals and families, making it easier than ever for people to claim what they are entitled to.
HMRC financial support available
Child benefit can be claimed if someone is responsible for raising a child who is:
- Under 16
- Under 20 if remaining in approved education or training
Only one person can receive family allowances for a child. It is paid every four weeks and there is no limit to the number of children you can claim for.
Rate of payment of family allowances for 2022/23
There are two weekly child allowance rates:
- Senior or only child – £21.80
- Additional children – £14.45
Guardianship allowance rate:
- Weekly rate for Guardian’s Allowance – £18.55
Zero-rated child care
Working parents can get support of up to £500 every three months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of their children to help cover childcare costs until September after their 11th birthday. If a child is disabled, this is up to £1,000 every three months until September after their 16th birthday (up to £4,000 a year).
Marriage tax allowance
Marriage Tax Allowance allows individuals to transfer 10% (£1,260) of their personal tax relief to a husband, wife or civil partner if they earn less than the personal tax relief, which is usually £12 £570.
Work related expenses and uniform allowances
Tax relief can be claimed on money spent on things like work uniforms and clothes, tools, season tickets, or business travel.
It should be noted that the revised Work from Home Allowance rules established during the coronavirus pandemic no longer apply – find out more here.
The GOV.UK page also includes advice for low-income people who want to make the most of their savings and help for those struggling to pay their tax bill.
Myrtle Lloyd, Group Chief Customer Services Officer, HMRC, said: “We understand that these are very difficult times for many, so it is extremely important that we continue to highlight the range of assistance available.
“We are encouraging those who think they could benefit from help to take a look and claim what they are entitled to – it could make a big difference to household budgets at a time when they need it most. .”
Additional online tools and guidance are available to help people check if they are eligible for each service, as well as additional support to guide them through the application process.
Find out more on the GOV.UK website here.