Prior to 6 April 2009, when applying for tax credits, HMRC asked claimants to attach a letter to the claim form if they had applied for one of the qualifying benefits but had not yet received a decision.
Providing they then notified HMRC within 93 days of the award of that qualifying benefit, backdating should have been given to the date from which the disability benefit was awarded or from the date of claim whichever was the later.
She is not required to tell HMRC in April 2012 when she applies for DLA.
Prior to 6 April 2012, the backdating period for changes of circumstances was 3 months.
Backdating more than 31 days/1 month There are two situations in which it is possible to get backdating of more than 31days/1 month: Refugee status (including section 67 leave) If a person has claimed asylum as a refugee and is then awarded refugee status or they have been granted leave to remain in the UK by the Secretary of State having been relocated to the UK pursuant to arrangements made by the Secretary of State under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 then, providing they apply for tax credits within one month of receiving notification of that refugee status or s67 leave, they will be treated as if they made their tax credits claim from the original date they claimed asylum.
You will be sent a letter telling you of our decision.
If we decide that you have not shown 'good cause', your claim will not be backdated.