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Tax Credits

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families are in receipt of the enhanced children's tax credit which is paid in the year of a child's birth. [107425]

There are several methods of applying for the baby rate of the 2002–03 Children's Tax Credit. These include claims to have 2002–03 PAYE codes adjusted, claims via the 2002–03 self assessment tax return and separate claims for tax repayments. About 150 thousand families had adjustments to their 2002–03 PAYE codes that included a claim for the baby rate.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many combined claim forms for the child and working tax credits have been (a) issued and (b) returned. [108479]

By 9 April 2003 about 6.8 million claims forms had been issued and over 3.9 million claims received (including about 485,000 on-line).

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many awards for the (a) Child Tax Credit and (b) Working Tax Credit have been paid. [108481]

The Government have received very few representations that companies under the control of spouses should be treated independently for tax purposes.