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    Default Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Hello,

    Your advise is needed pls..
    I Was receiving the chidcare costs, My Son had to stop the Nursery last year July 2016 because he fell very ill and had been in and out of the Great Ormond Strreet Hospital with lots of surgeries, His Consultant also advised that he stays at home away from viruses . I am a single Mum , My work suffered as I can not work as I used to , So relied on the childcare as income to sustain myself amd 3 young kids. I have Never been on Benefits from the DWP so don't even understand the process, besides the thought of being on "Benefits" via DWP makes me feel low self esteemed. as I never bargained to be in this situation, Always been working.

    This year June 2017 I got a letter to provide last year Nursery payment evidence, So i called and told them that My son stopped the Nursery this year March 2017 as opposed to last year July 2016. But they called the Nursery and the Nursery told them the actual date. I know I was WRONG .. but we just had to survive My son has been very ill , I have had to look after him , not being able to work as such, being self employed.

    The payment has drastically reduced.. Now because I am too ashamed/scared to call them , return their calls I got a letter that they are investigating and I might have to pay back all overpaymenticon and also be liable for a fine.

    Please advise.. as i do not know how to handle this.


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Right,

    Quick question. Are you still receiving Tax Credits?


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Thanks a lot !Yes .. I am .. but they stopped the childcare element immediately I Called them in June this year, but they have reduced it all again last week .. I don't even know if it's working , child tax credit or both combined that they are now paying..it s just drastically reduced


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Ok, I think you need to call them and ask them why. I suspect they are repaying what you owe them by taking from your current entitlement, hence the reduction. This is always their preferred option for them to reclaim overpayments. It's only when you are no longer entitled to Tax Credits when you get the scary demand to repay coming through the letterbox.

    Give them a call, let me know if this is the case. Then it all comes down to whether you are ok financially with this reduction? I would say you have pretty good grounds for an appeal if you are not.. due to your son's illness at the time. There is an established procedure for making an appeal..

    Also I only know about the Tax credit side of things because I have fought and won my overpaymenticon appeal. I think you need to put pride on the back burner and see what other benefits you are entitled to ! Remember you have paid taxes all your life for times like this .. so don't feel bad.


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Thanks a lot ..
    I just need to reset my mind I think .. I m from a family background where going to dwp is like breaking the 1st and last family rule ! not even Job seekers allowance ..
    The Great Ormond actually game me a booklet of information on Disability living allowance when it all started last year, this year my son had another major surgery an was in intensive care for a month, a couple of months ago His health visitor offered to help with the DLA She Told me that people in my situation are actually the ones who qualify.. but I was just adamant ..

    Thanks a lot this is a light bulb moment for me .. so will the Dwp work out and backdate to repay the tax credit ..?
    yes I am still very cash poor , my son has just had another airway reconstruction.. reason why I m still weak in all ways ..


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Give them a call tomorrow, find out what is going on with your current payment first of all. As I said I think they are clawing back the money already by reducing your payments. Let me know what they say

    If this is the case it will continue indefinitely until the backlog is paid off.

    Alternatively,, it's likely you could get the full payment re instated due to your circumstances. Don't waste any time, look into the DLA, and any other benefits that may apply to you. What matters is feeding your family and paying the heating bill. Not what someone might think of you.


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    What happened with this?


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    Hello, Sorry I have been occupied with my Son's health, 3 years old can't form 3 words yet and still in an out of hospitals ..while I still look after the other two ..

    HMRC claims I owe about 6,400 for 2016/17 child care costs .. i seeked advise from the CAB and they told me that I would still have to pay back this amount , reason being that I didn't notify HMRC that my Son stopped the nursery . the 1st CAB adviser I met said HMRC should waive this repayment as my reason for not updating them ( hmrc) was definitely not my fault .. as it was due to health and I could ve applied for other benefits had I known.. my questions are

    Although the one month mandatory reconsideration has passed and they now want to pass to Debt Agency.. Should I send them all my Son's hospital letters, My income and expenditure for that period, say I am sorry for not updating them as I had no other income to look after my children and was completely reliant on the payment .
    Does HMRC have a compassionate decision for a case like this if I come 100% honest ? .. i am very confused as I do not want to shoot myself in the foot and make it all worse . This is now about the previous overpayment, after all my explanation is it fair for them to still insist that I pay it back? ..... What do you advise please?

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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    The CAB's advice is terrible. The Tax Credit's own COP26 Code of practice is on the internet for all to see. For your own reference here is the extract from the COP 26 most relevant to you. I would say your circumstances fit this exactly for a cancellation. I have also included the link for you, page 15. and yes, you should offer to send them a note from a GP /consultant . For good measure do what another poster did, look up your local MP's surgery, make an appointment and explain everything.

    If you need to discuss financial hardship with us, phone us to
    explain this.
    When you phone we may ask you about any family circumstances
    that may lead to extra living costs. For example, if you’re looking
    after someone who is chronically ill or disabled. In some exceptional
    circumstances, we may cancel an overpaymenticon altogether

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...too-much-cop26

    Here is the link to COP 26 for your own reference


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Thanks for your invaluable advise! very helpful for my troubled mind ..
    In the meantime .. while I write them a letter with the reference to the cop 26 .. they wrote me a letter and stated that if i didn't pay by 18th Dec 2017 , they would pass on to DCAicon,. Although I had also filed to the tribunal . Should I make a payment arrangement with them while they reconsider the overpaymenticon ( not that I have the money will need to be borrowing additionally from family again ) ? as they mentioned that if it goes to the DCA then it is no more within their power?


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Nope,

    The DCAicon is powerless , ignore any communication from them. Only deal with Tax Credits directly. Please , please do not start paying anyone, the DCA is a non threat!

    Please , Please make an appointment with your MP, they all have weekly surgeries, and in your situation will be of great help.

    There is another Tax credit thread, a month or so back where the MP stopped all action!


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    Default Re: Tax credit Overpayment .. PLS Advise

    Ok Thanks a lot .. will let you know how it goes



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