tax credits

  • Tax Credits: ‘technical overpayments’ and ‘offsetting’

    Issue 211 (August 2009)

    David Simmons examines the current state of play on the recurring issue of tax credits overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

  • Tax credit crunch

    Issue 209 (April 2009)

    Tax credits were designed to be responsive and flexible, supposedly delivering support to reflect families' current needs and resources. Mark Willis looks at how the system responds to the effects of the recession.

  • Tax credits: changes and performance

    Issue 201 (February 2008)

    Nearly five years on, and the tax credits scheme still appears to be a work in progress. Mark Willis looks at some of the latest changes and performance.

  • Tax credits: getting it wrong? – again

    Issue 201 (December 2007)

    Two years on from her first report on the administration of tax credits, Tax credits: putting things right, the Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham has produced a second report, Tax credits: getting it wrong? Beth Lakhani outlines the report's main findings and recommendations.

  • Tax credit administration errors

    Issue 200 (October 2007)

    On 25 July 2007, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Kennedy MP, issued a statement relating to administrative errors concerning some finalised awards for 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06. The finalised award is a conclusive award and can only be revised under certain legal provisions. However some finalised awards were corrected – following information passed to the Revenue – using an incorrect procedure. Beth Lakhani looks at what this means for the awards concerned and provides some detail of the enquiry process.

  • Childcare costs and changes for tax credits

    Issue 198 (June 2007)

    Alison Gillies looks at how to work out childcare charges for working tax credit and how to identify when there has been a relevant change.

  • The times they are a-changin' – tax credits and changes of circumstances

    Issue 195 (December 2006)

    Beth Lakhani describes new rules on reporting changes of circumstances for tax credits.

  • April tax credits and early years ebulletin

    29 April 2015

    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: factsheets; order a tax credits claim form online; Maternal & Early Years conference; Election 2015 pledges on tax credits/early years; and Q&A: Can universal credit claimants get Healthy Start vouchers?

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  • Blog: Looking at the tax credits cuts ahead of the Autumn Statement

    24 November 2015

    Read our blog by Kirsty McKechnie, Welfare Rights Worker, on tax credits cuts ahead of the Autumn Statement here.

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  • Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

    March 19, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people. Announcing a cap for social security spending without a plan to address the root causes of low pay, high rents and high childcare costs, simply forces the most vulnerable in society to pay the price for inaction.

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