You will be sent a letter telling you of our decision.
How to claim backdating Most awards of working tax credit (WTC) and child tax credit (CTC) are backdated automatically.
CTC claims are normally backdated to the date of birth of the child, or by 31 days, whichever gives the shorter period.
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, in other words providing the person claiming was entitled to tax credits at the earlier date and remained throughout the backdating period.
A claim can generally only be backdated by a maximum of 31 days.
She applies for tax credits on 8th May 2012 (within one month).
The claim for tax credits is treated as being made on the date she claimed asylum (12th May 2008).
The reasons for this will be explained in our letter.
If you disagree with our decision, you can ask us to look at it again, or you can appeal against it.
Now that Universal Credit (UC) is available across the UK, most people can no longer make a brand new claim for tax credits, even where that fresh tax credits claim would otherwise be backdated to cover a period before the UC claim was made.
For more information, see our who can claim section.
Zabia claimed asylum as a refugee on 28th September 2008 and was granted refugee status on 10th April 2012.