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Lady Hermon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs' policy is on the recovery of overpaid tax credit in cases where a joint award was made but the couple has separated. 
However, the law also allows HM Revenue and Customs to exercise discretion over how much of any overpayment it seeks to recover. In cases where a couple have separated, HMRC will consider carefully how much it should seek to recover from each of the parties, while still recognising that it has the legal
authority to collect back the full amount from either of the parties and a duty to protect the public finances.
Information relating to the recovery of overpayments of 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 tax credit awards is contained in section 2, table 4, of the Comptroller and Auditor Generals Standard Report in the HM Revenue and Customs 2006-07 Accounts, which is available on the HMRC website at: