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HMRC is giving taxpayers, who are yet to switch their Post Office accounts, a one-off extension until 5 April 2022 to set up alternative payment methods
People who currently receive HMRC benefit payments into a Post Office card account will be given extra time to switch their account, HMRC has confirmed.
Post Office account holders who receive child benefit and guardian’s allowance will now have longer to swap accounts.
The department has arranged a one-off extension to the contract with the Post Office allowing customers until 5 April 2022 to provide alternative account details to HMRC. This means that the 13,000 customers, who are still to notify HMRC, will temporarily be able to continue to receive their payments into their Post Office account, giving them extra time to set up new accounts and notify the department.
HMRC is still encouraging those benefitting from the extension to switch their account at the earliest opportunity. Around 137,000 customers have already provided updated bank account details.
Affected individuals can choose to receive their benefit 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.
The Money Helper website, provided by 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 encourage them to take action and will continue to contact them to remind them.
HMRC urges everyone to be alert if they are contacted out of the blue 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 to search gov.uk for ‘HMRC scams’.
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