Personal tax credits: finalised award statistics for 2011-12
This section relates to the finalised awards statistics for individuals and households claiming Working Tax Credits (WTC) and/or Child Tax Credits (CTC). These statistics illustrate the complete retrospective picture for the year, based on a finalised view of family incomes and circumstances.
Most families have until 31 July following the end of the entitlement year to renew their award reporting their finalised income for the year in question. However, families that report income from Self Assessment (for example, the self-employed) have until 31 January of the following year to finalise their income. As a result, the full picture is not known until at least February the year after the entitlement year ends and consequently publication is delayed until May.
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Should I look at the tables for provisional or finalised awards?
It is important to recognise that the finalised awards statistics are not a revision of the provisional statistics. The provisional numbers relate to the caseload position at a snapshot point in time, based on the family circumstances HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been informed of by each family prior to that particular time.
The finalised awards relate to the complete retrospective picture for the year, based on a finalised view of family incomes and circumstances. The caseload population will be different between the two publications as a result of HMRC knowing the complete finalised picture of the award.
For a detailed explanation of the difference between the provisional and finalised award statistics please see the section 'Provisional awards vs finalised awards' in the latest publication.
You can find all statistics for previous years on the National Archives website.