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Working Tax Credit

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the research undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs on the reasons why some people without children do not claim working tax credit. (246582)

In 2007, HMRC commissioned a piece of qualitative research looking at the triggers and barriers to the take-up of Working Tax Credit among those without dependent children, in accordance with the Department's policy on publication, the research findings will be published on the HMRC website at

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/research/

early in 2009.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much and what proportion of working tax credit underpayments owing to (a) official error and (b) customer error was subsequently paid in each year since the scheme’s introduction; and if he will make a statement; (246611)

(2) how much and what proportion of working tax credit overpayments owing to (a) official error and (b) customer error was recovered in each year since the scheme’s introduction; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how much was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid in working tax credits owing to (i) official error and (ii) customer error in each year since the scheme’s introduction; what the average discrepancy per case is; and if he will make a statement;

(4) how many and what proportion of working tax credit claims were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid owing to (i) official error and (ii) customer error in each year since the scheme’s introduction; and if he will make a statement;

(5) how much and what proportion of child tax credit underpayments owing to (a) official error and (b) customer error was subsequently paid out in each year since their introduction; and if he will make a statement;

(6) how much and what proportion of tax credit overpayments owing to (a) official error and (b) customer error was recovered in each year since their introduction; and if he will make a statement;

(7) how much and what proportion of tax credit underpayments owing to (a) official error and (b) customer error was subsequently paid out in each year since their introduction; and if he will make a statement;

(8) how much and what proportion of child tax credit claims were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid owing to (i) official error and (ii) customer error in each year since their introduction; and if he will make a statement;

(9) how much was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid in child tax credits owing to (i) official error and (ii) customer error in each year since their introduction; what the average discrepency per case is; and if he will make a statement;

(10) how much and what proportion of child tax credit overpayments owing to (a) official error and (b) customer error was recovered in each year since their introduction; and if he will make a statement;

(11) how much has been (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid in tax credits owing to (i) official error and (ii) customer error in each year since their introduction; what the average discrepancy per case is; and if he will make a statement;

(12) how many and what proportion of tax credit claims were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid owing to (i) official error and (ii) customer error in each year since the scheme’s introduction; and if he will make a statement.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Accuracy in processing and calculating awards increased from just under 79 per cent. in 2003-04 to around 97 per cent. in 2007-08. In addition, in 2007-08 fewer than 5 per cent. of overpayments where the customer disputed whether they should make a repayment contained any element of official error.

Information about the level of under and overpayments of tax credits is published on the HM Revenue and Customs website at

www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/menu.htm