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Tax Credit

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those registered for tax credits were receiving payments in the most recent period for which figures are available. (225753)

Information on the number of families benefiting from tax credits as at April 2008 is reported in the HMRC publication “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics April 2008”. 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 (1) how many TC647 forms have been produced since their introduction; and how many unused forms have been (a) discarded and (b) recycled since their introduction; (227947)

(2) whether tax credits claimants are entitled to receive form TC647 on request.

For information on the number of forms produced up to and including 2007-08 I refer the hon. Member to the answer my predecessor gave him on 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 307W. Around 1,000 such notices have been issued in 2008-09 to date.

TC647 calculation notices for tax credits awards made prior to 6 April 2006 are produced as a result of requests made by tax credits customers. Information is not kept on the number of TC647s discarded or recycled.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department has taken to ensure that staff working in tax credit helpline call centres are trained about claimants’ entitlement to be sent TC647 forms. (227949)

Advisers working on the tax credits helpline have access to on-line support and advice tools to help them in answering customers’ questions. This is kept up to date and advisers are informed when changes are made to the tax credits system or when this guidance is amended.