Working Tax Credit: Fraud

Treasury written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Susan Kramer Susan Kramer Cabinet Office, Shadow Secretary of State, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many parents have been prosecuted as a result of providing incorrect information in claiming the childcare element of the working tax credit in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

The breakdown of figures to numbers of parents prosecuted for providing incorrect information in claiming the childcare element of the working tax credit in each year since 2001 is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

However, in respect of prosecution figures for all tax credits for 2000-01 to 2003-04, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to Mr. Evans on 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1549W;

For 2004-05 to 2006-07, figures can be found at table 7 Part 2 of the Comptroller and Auditor General's standard report in the 2006-07 HMRC Accounts, which is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/about/hmrc-accounts2007.htm

For 2007-08, figures are not yet available.

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