Time is running out for customers with Post Office card accounts
HMRC customers with Post Office card accounts have until 30 November to submit new bank account details or risk having their tax credits or Child Benefit payments suspended.
There are around 24,000 HMRC customers with a Post Office card account and from 1 December HMRC will stop making tax credits, Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance payments to Post Office card accounts. HMRC is urging account holders to contact them to update their bank account details to continue receiving payments without disruption.
Customers can choose to receive their benefits and credits payments to a bank, building society or credit union account. If they already have an alternative account, they can contact HMRC now to update their details.
Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance customers can use their Personal Tax Account to provide revised account details, change their bank account details via GOV.UK or by contacting the Child Benefit helpline on 0300 200 3100. Tax credits customers can change their bank account details by contacting the tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900. If customers cannot open a bank account, they should contact HMRC.
If a customer misses the 30 November deadline, their payments will be paused until the customer notifies HMRC of their new account details.
The Money Advice and Pensions Service offers information and advice about how to choose the right current account and how to open an account.
HMRC has been contacting customers recently to urge them to take action.
HMRC urges everyone to be alert if they are contacted by someone asking for money or personal information. Customers should always type in the full online address www.gov.uk/hmrc to access the correct HMRC contact information. HMRC sees high numbers of fraudsters emailing, calling or texting people claiming to be from the department. If in doubt, HMRC advises not to reply directly to anything suspicious, but to contact them straight away and search GOV.UK for “HMRC scams”.