Children: Maintenance

Treasury written question – answered on 14th May 2019.

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Photo of Luke Graham Luke Graham Conservative, Ochil and South Perthshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HMRC takes to verify the income of people liable for child maintenance payments.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are responsible for the assessment of Child Maintenance payments, including the verification of the absent parent’s income. Upon request from DWP, HMRC provide information held on their National Insurance and PAYE Service, or their Self-Assessment Service. The information is made available under a Memorandum of Understanding, and is for the latest completed tax year.

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