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Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax credit has been overpaid as a result of the claimant not providing an annual return to HM Revenue and Customs in each year since the commencement of tax credits; and how many people were overpaid. (197326)

The information requested is available only at a disproportionate cost.

However, HMRC does produce estimates of the number of overpaid terminated awards, which will include those that were terminated due to claimants not returning their annual declaration form by the specified date. This information for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 is available in the main aggregates table in the HMRC publication “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards. Supplement on Payments 2005-06”. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-quarterly-stats.htm

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average tax credit overpayment was in each year since 2003. (197977)

Estimates of the number and amount of tax credit over and under paid awards in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 are produced in the Main Aggregates Table in the HMRC publication “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards. Supplement on Payments 2005-06”. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-quarterly-stats.htm

Information for over and under payments in 2006-07 will not be available until May 2008.