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Tax Credits: Overpayments

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many personal visits were made by officials to tax credit claimants prior to court summons being issued for the recovery of overpayments in each (a) year, (b) quarter and (c) month since April 2003. (133996)

The information requested is not available centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but HMRC’s policy is to attempt to make personal contact in all cases before legal proceedings are considered including at least one visit to the last known address of the claimant.