Tax Credits

Treasury written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reports of computer failure the Inland Revenue has received since the introduction of new tax credits in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury)

None.

There were some well-publicised problems in the early days when the system did not perform as expected. However, the system has worked throughout the entire period since tax credits were introduced and has been performing robustly for some considerable time now.

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