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Welfare Tax Credits: Correspondence

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many annual tax credit documentation letters were sent in duplicate to both members of the same household in the latest period for which figures are available. (212273)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issue one annual renewal pack per household if a reply is required.

For cases where a reply is not required then one form is sent to each adult claimant in a household playing back the information that HMRC proposes to use to finalise and renew their claim. These are then automatically renewed using these details unless the customer provides updated information by the renewals deadline.

In 2007, HMRC issued renewal packs for around 4.1 million ‘reply required’ claims plus notices for around 2.4 million claims for claims they proposed to renew automatically. It is not possible to say how many of those were issued to joint claimant households. Tax credits notices contain all the information used to calculate an award and it is a requirement of the primary legislation that when HMRC make a decision about tax credit entitlement, they send a notice setting out the decision to each of the partners in a joint claim.