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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

19. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what inquiries are made into the immigration status and eligibility to receive public funds of a second-named person on a joint application for tax credits. (200879)

HMRC takes fraud seriously and has a range of checks in place throughout the period of the claim. If fraud is suspected, payment is stopped. In the most serious cases, prosecution will be considered.

HMRC use a number of tools to help them detect wrong and fraudulent claims. Cases requiring compliance intervention are selected using a risk-based approach, which examines the overall features of a claim.

It would be inappropriate to disclose a complete list of verification checks as to do so may provide assistance to those attempting to defraud the system.