Tax Credits

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 1st March 2007.

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Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury) 10:30 am, 1st March 2007

The question of overpayments is linked to a number of factors—the increase in income in the year, an over-estimation of income by the claimant and provisional payments at the beginning of the payment year. Those are being addressed. I thought that it was helpful of me to tell the House that 303,000 overpayments were disputed, 8,600 of which were written off.

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Brian Robinson
Posted on 3 Mar 2007 11:31 pm (Report this annotation)

An over-estimation of income by the claimant cannot result in an overpayment, only an underpayment. She doesn't know her subject very well, does she?

Mark Bestford
Posted on 4 Mar 2007 3:24 pm (Report this annotation)

Not at all. The tax credit system is a shambles, I've actually made the decision to no longer claim as any clawback resulting from their mistakes would result in myself not being able to pay bills. Thankfully I'm now in a position where I no longer need the credits. The other problem is that you rely on the credit system to bring you up to a bare minimum and rely on that amount. Any increase in salary results in a decrease in benefit that is greater. As a result those who claim are put into a position of being unable to do overtime to increase their income and can be forced into a position where they have to turn down deserved pay rises.

R Kalia
Posted on 11 Mar 2007 1:06 pm (Report this annotation)

Some people get sacked or put in jail for less than this. Dawn Primarolo's tax credit system disaster is her own wrong-doing. She has zero understanding when it comes to balancing the economy yet she is in a prime position to destroy it. Having reviewed some of her other work, its evident this Paymaster General only wants people to have enough money to function on. She is a draconian and a dictator.