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Tax Credits

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax credit has been reclaimed in each of the last five years; from how many individuals tax credits payments were reclaimed in each such year; and what estimate he has made of the amount to be reclaimed in 2007-08. (155409)

For information on tax credit debt and recovery in years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, I refer the hon. Member to table 4, section 2, of the Comptroller and Auditor Generals Standard Report in the HM Revenue and Customs 2006-07 accounts, which is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/about/hmrcaccounts2007.htm

Information on overpaid tax credit awards and debt recovery for 2006-07 and 2007-08 will be published in future annual reports.

Information on the number of individuals who have had their tax credit overpayment recovered is not available except at disproportionate cost.

An estimate of the recovery of overpaid tax credits in 2007-08 is not available.