Gavin Robinson – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the HM Treasury

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Gavin Robinson on 2016-09-13.

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on children of the suspension of child tax credit when investigations are carried out.

Jane Ellison

In most cases, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not suspend the payment of tax credits payments during checks on tax credit awards. It only does this where information held indicates that this is a reasonable step to prevent payments being made in error. In these circumstances, making further payments would therefore result in increased overpayments of tax credits overall which the customer would have to repay. Nevertheless, if a customer demonstrates that the claim is correct, HMRC reinstates payments immediately.

HMRC has not carried out research into the specific aspect of the tax credits system related to suspension of Child Tax Credits.