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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the percentage of tax credits paid out for 2003-04 which is accounted for by fraud, error and overpayment; and if he will make a statement. (144876)

Estimates for the level of error and fraud in 2003-04 are available in the publication ‘Child and Working Tax Credits. Error and fraud statistics 2003-04’. This is available on the HMRC website at:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortal

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Estimates of the amount of entitlement for claimants in 2003-04 are available in the publication ‘Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised awards 2003-04. Supplement on payments in 2003-04.’ This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-pavments-0304.pdf

Estimates for the value of overpayments in 2003-04 are available in the publication ‘Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics. Finalised annual awards 2005-06. Supplement on payments in 2005-06’. This is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-pavments-0506.pdf