Previous Section Index Home Page

25 Jan 2006 : Column 2222W—continued

Tax Credits

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit fraud cases have been prosecuted to date; and how many fraudulent claims are involved. [44970]

Dawn Primarolo: For the income tax year 2005–06 (to end December) we have prosecuted 180 cases. As regards the number of fraudulent claims, it is not possible to provide the information in the format requested.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecuted cases of tax credit fraud relate to (a) individuals and (b) criminal gangs. [44971]

Dawn Primarolo: The following table provides the breakdown of prosecuted cases for tax credit fraud.
Number

IndividualsOrganised crime (Gangs)
2000–012
2001–0228
2002–0335
2003–0459
2004–05211
2005–06(32)1903
(32) To end of December

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of households who are eligible for tax credits who are not claiming them. [45107]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) on 19 July 2005, Official Report, column 1700W.

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants have made incorrect claims for (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits in West Lancashire constituency area since these tax credits were introduced. [45124]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Kettering (Mr. Hollobone) on 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 735W.

Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of forged tax credits resulting in prosecution have been reported to Jobcentre Plus in Hammersmith and Fulham in the last 12 months. [45270]

Dawn Primarolo: None.

Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of forged tax credits there were in Hammersmith and Fulham in each of the five years before the Jobcentre Plus scheme was launched; and how many there were in the last year for which figures are available. [45271]

Dawn Primarolo: It is not possible to provide the information in the format requested.

Mr. Davidson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria an individual from another EU country residing in the UK must meet to be entitled to (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit. [45327]

Dawn Primarolo: Nationals of other EEA member states who reside in the UK and claim child and working tax credits must meet the same criteria as other residents of the UK.

Anne Milton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria he will use to measure the effectiveness of the HM Revenue and Customs recent tax credit advertising campaign. [42400]

Dawn Primarolo: Regular surveys are carried out to assess the effectiveness of tax credits communications, with particular regard to major advertising campaigns, as well as the overall awareness of tax credits and comprehension of key messages.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many claimants have reported leaving the United Kingdom in relation to a tax credit claim in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region; [43650]
 
25 Jan 2006 : Column 2223W
 

(2) how many claimants have had their tax credit payments altered as a result of reporting leaving the United Kingdom in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region. [43652]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints were received by HMRevenue and Customs in relation to the recovery of tax credit overpayments in each year for which figures are available broken down by (a) tax credit and (b) region. [43661]

Dawn Primarolo: Information on complaints about the recovery of tax credits received in HM Revenue and Customs is not available.

For information about the number of disputed tax credit overpayments received in HM Revenue and Customs, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave my right hon. friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) and the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 12 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1791–92W. The number of disputed tax credit overpayments received in the month of November was around 32,500.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much has been paid in additional payments to tax credit claimants on account of hardship after reporting excess in-year payments in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region; [43696]

(2) how many tax credit claimants who reported excess in-year payments (a) received additional payments on account of hardship and (b) had their tax credits withdrawn in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) type of tax credit and (ii) region . [43697]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) on 8 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1455–56W. The number of claims for which payments had been adjusted in 2005–06, up to 31 December 2005, is around 3,200. All of the information cannot be broken down in the format requested.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax credit claimants have reported a fall in their child care costs of more than £10 a week in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region; [43701]

(2) how many claimants have had their tax credit payments (a) increased and (b) decreased as a result of reporting a fall in their child care costs of more than £10 a week in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) type of tax credit and (ii) region. [43710]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
 
25 Jan 2006 : Column 2224W
 

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much in tax credits has been found to have been overpaid as a result of annual tax credit reviews in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region; [43730]

(2) how many claimants have been discovered during their annual tax credit review to have had tax credits overpaid to them in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region; and in how many of these cases payments were (i) withdrawn and (ii) reduced. [43732]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates for 2003–04 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, including information on overpayments and underpayments by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 2003–04 are published in Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards. 2003- 04 Geographical Analysis." This publication and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families by constituency with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 2004–05 are available on the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-geog-stats.htm. Estimates of numbers and values of overpayments or underpayments for 2004–05 awards at 5 April 2005 will not be available until after family circumstances and incomes for 2004–05 have been finalised. Information concerning withdrawn and reduced payments is not available.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) by how much on average claimants have had their tax credits reduced as a result of it having been discovered in connection with their annual tax credit review that they had tax credits overpaid to them in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region; [43731]

(2) how much in total has been withdrawn from claimants who have had their tax credits withdrawn entirely as a result of it having been discovered in connection with their annual tax credit review that they had tax credits overpaid to them in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) region. [43734]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is not available.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants appealed (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully through the HM Revenue and Customs complaints procedure against a decision to change the amount of tax credits paid to them in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) type of tax credit and (ii) region. [43754]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not available in the requested format.

For details of the number of appeals about tax credits received in HM Revenue and Customs from June 2005 until 31 October 2005, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) and the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) on 12 December 2005, columns 1791–92W.

In November 2005 HMRC received around 1,195 tax credits appeals. The figures for December 2005 are not yet available.
 
25 Jan 2006 : Column 2225W
 

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the maximum household income was below which (a) families and (b) individuals were eligible for each tax credit in each year for which figures are available. [43759]

Dawn Primarolo: Most families with children are entitled to tax credits with incomes of up to £58,000, or up to £66,000 if at least one child is under the age of one. This could be higher if there are a large number of eligible children or the family has two or more children and maximum eligible childcare costs.

For families without children, receiving the basic and 30-hour element of WTC only, the maximum income at which they could receive tax credits, since the introduction of working tax credit is given in the following table:
£

SinglesCouples
2003–0410,70014,800
2004–0510,90015,100
2005–0611,30015,600

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of eligible (a) lone parent households and (b) non-lone parent households (i) received and (ii) claimed tax credits for each year for which figures are available. [43765]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates relating to working families' tax credit are available on the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/wftc/takeup_rates.htm. Analysis relating to 2003–04 is ongoing and we expect this work to be completed towards the end of 2005–06.


Next Section Index Home Page