Deadline near for tax credits

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MORE than 65,000 residents in the Lothians who claim tax credits are being urged to renew their claims by the upcoming deadline.

HM Revenue & Customs said customers have to renew by July 31 or their payments may stop.

Claimants must also let HMRC know of any changes in their circumstance.

HMRC’s director of benefits and credits, Steve Lamey, said: “The sooner people renew, the sooner we can make sure they are getting the right money.”