Welfare Tax Credits: Personation

Treasury written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants have disputed their payment on the grounds that their identity has been stolen and a fraudulent claim has been made on their behalf.

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

holding answer 19 March 2007

The information requested is not available but where a customer does contact HMRC to report possible abuse this is acted upon by the Department to stop any incorrect payments and prevent any further distress to the genuine claimant by correcting the claim as quickly as possible.

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