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Working Tax Credit

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many claims for (a) underpayments and (b) overpayments of working tax credit from residents of the Portsmouth travel-to-work area remain unresolved; (256546)

(2) how many people in the Portsmouth travel-to-work area were underpaid working tax credit in the last two years; how many of these have had their payments corrected to date; and how much his Department has spent on making correction payments to date;

(3) how much has been recovered from overpayments of working tax credit from residents in the Portsmouth travel-to-work area to date.

Information is not available in the format requested. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Code of Practice 26 ‘What happens if we've paid you too much tax credit?’ explains the ways the Department collect back an overpayment.

HMRC publish information on the number and value of tax credits overpaid and underpaid by local authority and parliamentary constituency on its website at

www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-geog-supp-06-07.pdf