LITRG evidence to Treasury Sub-Committee on tax credits
The Treasury Sub-Committee of the House of Commons will examine the Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo, Paymaster General, and HMRC officials on 14 March at 2.30pm, in a follow-up session on the administration of tax credits. The Sub-Committee has called for written submissions in preparation for that session. In response, LITRG has submitted two pieces of written evidence.
In our first submission, we re-state our belief that the basic structure of the tax credit system remains a good and responsive way to alleviate poverty, provided that the difficulties in the system can be adequately resolved. Unfortunately, LITRG still see cases that indicate the tax credit system has a long way to go before this is achieved. Moreover, a formal right of appeal to an independent tribunal, against HMRC’s decision on whether or not to recover an overpayment, is long overdue and absolutely essential.
The other piece of evidence concerns the tape recording of telephone calls by claimants to the tax credits helpline (see our earlier article Missing calls to the tax credits helpline. A recent answer to a Parliamentary question has shed new light on this matter.
Follow the links below to view LITRG’s evidence.
The Sub-Committee’s report on the administration of tax credits, which incorporates evidence that LITRG submitted to them in December 2005 and January 2006, can be found by clicking the above link.
Contact: Robin Williamson (Tel: 0844 579 6700 Fax 0844 579 6701)
Supplementary evidence to Treasury Sub-committee
Evidence to Treasury Sub-Committee follow up inquiry into the administration of tax credits