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Tax Credits

Treasury written question – answered on 21st March 2006.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases procedures for clawing back overpayments of tax credits were initiated in each of the past 12 months for which records are available in (a) High Peak constituency and (b) the UK.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases procedures for clawing back overpayments of tax credits were initiated in (a) Mid-Bedfordshire, (b) the country of Bedfordshire and (c) the UK in each of the past 12 months for which records are available; and if he will make a statement.

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

The latest information on the number of overpayments by constituency at April 2004 is published in Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics: Finalised Awards 2003–04—Supplement on Payments in 2003–04". This publication can be found at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-payments-0304.pdf

This information is not yet available for 2004–05, but will be published in May 2006.

HMRC will seek recovery of an overpayment in line with Code of Practice 26, 'What happens if we have paid you too much tax credit?' The code can be found at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/leaflets/cop26.pdf

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