TaxAdministrationRevenue should write off overpayments: Tories

Revenue should write off overpayments: Tories

The Inland Revenue must stop claiming back overpaid tax credits, according to conservative works and pension spokesman David Willetts.

Link: Tax at centre of Tories’ election campaign

He has claimed that hundreds of thousands of families are in ‘great financial distress’ as the Revenue attempts to reclaim overpayments. He said that it is often not possible to establish whether there has actually been an overpayment, or whether some fault lies at the feet of the family or Revenue, reported the Financial Times.

Willetts added that the Revenue should write off the overpayments except in the case of fraud.

There had been a rising number of complaints against the tax credits system, parliamentary ombudsman Ann Abraham told MPs before Christmas.

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