Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

Treasury written question – answered am ar 25 Mawrth 2010.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of tax credits overpayments written off in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09 as a result of (i) official and (ii) claimant error; 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)

HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Code of Practice 26 'What happens if we've paid you too much tax credit?' explains its approach to tax credits overpayments and the circumstances in which customers may not have to pay them back. It is available at:


(i) Information about the value of disputed tax credits overpayments written off in each year from 2005-06 to 2008-09 is in the table:

Value of disputed written overpayments written off (£000)
2005-06 180,016
2006-07 9,042
2007-08 7,276
2008-09 28,242

(ii) HMRC does not record the value of overpayments written off as a result of claimant error.

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