Tax credit deadline should be shelved

The dealine is due to pass at midnight for claiming the credit from the beginning of the April 6 tax year. From tonight claimants can only back date claims three months.

The row over the period for which claims can be back dated has been rumbling for most of the year but the Inland Revenue and government have remained unmoved by please for an extension.

Claims for other tax allowances can be back dated anything between two and six years.

David Willets, the shadow work and pensions secretary, is insisting that shelving the deadline would help increase the take up of child tax credits.

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