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House of Commons Hansard
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Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments
25 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of tax credits overpayments written off in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09 as a result of (i) official and (ii) claimant error; and if he will make a statement. [318388]

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HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Code of Practice 26 ‘What happens if we’ve paid you too much tax credit?’ explains its approach to tax credits overpayments and the circumstances in which customers may not have to pay them back. It is available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/leaflets/cop26.pdf

(i) Information about the value of disputed tax credits overpayments written off in each year from 2005-06 to 2008-09 is in the table:

Value of disputed written overpayments written off (£000)

2005-06

180,016

2006-07

9,042

2007-08

7,276

2008-09

28,242

(ii) HMRC does not record the value of overpayments written off as a result of claimant error.