Child Tax Credit

Treasury written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to improve the speed and efficiency of processing claims for new mothers applying for child tax credits.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

For information on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) processing aims, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave Steve Webb on 24 February 2009, Hansard, columns 534-36W.

HMRC provides helpful guidance for prospective new claimants on its website at:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/how-to-claim.htm

Tax credits helpline advisers also provide callers with tailored advice to help them complete their claims correctly so that tax credits are paid as quickly as possible.

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