Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

Treasury written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what value of overpayments were written off by the Tax Credit Office in each year since 2003.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

Overpaid tax credits for 2003-04 were only finally identified after April 2004 when HM Revenue and Customs started finalising awards for that year and the Tax Credit Office (TCO) began considering disputed overpayments in June 2004. The bulk of these disputed overpayments written off were early cases most of which were dealt with in 2005-06.

The total amounts written off by TCO in each year through the disputed overpayment process by applying official error relief is shown in the following table.

Value of disputed overpayments written off by Tax Credit Office (£ million)
2004-05 6
2005-06 180
2006-07 9

Figures for 2007-08 are not yet available.

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