Welfare Tax Credits

Treasury written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the percentage of tax credits paid out for 2003-04 which is accounted for by fraud, error and overpayment; and if he will make a statement.

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

Estimates for the level of error and fraud in 2003-04 are available in the publication 'Child and Working Tax Credits. Error and fraud statistics 2003-04'. This is available on the HMRC website at:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortal

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Estimates of the amount of entitlement for claimants in 2003-04 are available in the publication 'Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised awards 2003-04. Supplement on payments in 2003-04.' This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

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

Estimates for the value of overpayments in 2003-04 are available in the publication 'Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics. Finalised annual awards 2005-06. Supplement on payments in 2005-06'. This is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-pavments-0506.pdf

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