Welfare Tax Credits

Treasury written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of John Battle John Battle Labour, Leeds West

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research has been undertaken into the number of tax credits claimants who do not renew their claim or subsequently reclaim and who would still be entitled to receive tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

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

If a family does not renew their tax credit award, by confirming or updating their circumstances, it is not possible to determine whether they are still entitled. Therefore reliable estimates of the number of claimants who would still be entitled to receive tax credits are not available.

HM Revenue and Customs has published research which explores claimants' understanding of the tax credits renewal process. The report is available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/research/report-52-final.pdf

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