Citizens Advice targets taxman

Citizens Advice has begun a campaign to stop the Inland Revenue from ‘clawing back’ tax credit overpayments which, it argues, contributes to thousands of people living below the poverty line.

The charity is calling for an overhaul of the Inland Revenue’s approach to overpayments and for clarification on the ‘confusing bureaucracy’ that surrounds entitlement to tax credits.

‘The lack of information provided by the Inland Revenue makes it virtually impossible for people to work out whether they are getting paid the right amount,’ said Citizens Advice acting head of media Moira Haynes.

She added that refusal by the Inland Revenue to write off overpayments can leave low-income beneficiaries, who may have spent the money before being informed they were overpaid, struggling to cope.

The charity plans to make policy recommendations on how to tackle the problem in a report this spring.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

The Home Office has tasked Munro & Forster (M&F) with supporting its campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of a wider retained brief.

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros

Warner Bros has appointed former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers as EVP for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs, effective September 2.

Max Clifford trial jury loses second member as deliberations enter third day

Max Clifford trial jury loses second member as deliberations enter third day

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford is down to 10 people after another juror was discharged this morning, on the third day of deliberations about its verdicts on 11 charges of indecent assault.

Edelman takes a ride on Branson's slow-motion space adventure

Edelman takes a ride on Branson's slow-motion space adventure

Virgin Galactic is probably on every PR agency's dream assignment list, but previous delays to Richard Branson's space venture suggest it may not be a complete blast.