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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason tax credit repayments cannot be taken from future payments when a single claim becomes a joint claim by a couple; and if he will make a statement. (124660)

[holding answer 2 March 2007]: Entitlement to a tax credit award comes to an end where an individual who has made a single claim becomes part of a couple. Tax credit legislation does not allow recovery from a subsequent partner where the overpayment arose from an earlier award to which that person had neither claimed nor benefited.

Any overpayment on the single claim can be collected over 12 months. In cases of hardship, HMRC will consider recovering over a longer periods if appropriate.