From October 2014, HMRC will begin to claw back overpayment debts from new ongoing tax credit awards. This new process is called ‘cross-claim recovery’ and essentially means that households with live tax credit awards and with outstanding overpayments which included the same household member(s), may now have those old debts recovered from the ongoing award.
There are limits on how much HMRC can recover from your ongoing tax credits awards. Broadly, overpayments may be recovered by reducing ongoing payments by 25%, but this is limited to a 10% reduction where the claimant(s) receives maximum tax credit award (such as when they are on a very low income).
Alternatively, if you have an existing arrangement with HMRC to repay the debt, this will continue as planned.
You can read more about cross-award recovery on the Revenuebenefits website.
By Jo Nockels
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