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Hi guys!...ive been abit of a lurker on here but now i need serious help!

I am now divorced and have been only a few weeks, when i was married we claimed both tax credits and my husband was the worker in the family, i have had a letter today to say that in the year ending april 2009 we put down we earned £9175 but we actually earned £23459.Now when we were married my husband did all the financially things including claiming for tax credits, only now i have dovorced him and having my home repossessed have things come to light, this being the most recent.

Firstly do i have to repay the whole amount?

i am now in another relationship and claming for this family, will they take this off me?

I have no idea were my ex husband is, only were he works, and his phone number.

I dont have the proof of his wages or his p60s so how can i show them evidence?

Really really scared...hes left me with debts rolling into thousands as it is and i hoped that that wa sit but now this has turned up and i just feel like i cant take anymore, we dont qualify for help form a solicitor and we cant afford to instruct one for this now. PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Hi there and welcome to CAG. Firstly, how many thousands are we talking? Usually HMRC are lenient when it comes to repaying debt (In what i say, i mean they allow repayments in time etc).

 

I'd write to them or phone them, give them your ex-husbands contact details (You say you only have his mobile number and place of work, give them these), is there a chance you will gain any equity from your home after it is repo'd? I am sure you wont have to repay the lot, as this is your ex-Husband's responsibility as much as it is yours, all you can do is help them along with things by giving them details of what you yourself earnt and provide his contact details.

 

Did you know nothing of the amount put down on the claim form? Did you sign the claim form?

 

I hope this gets sorted but i would recommend contacting them.

 

Good luck.

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Hi, they say on the letter that we told them our income was £9175 but that total earned was £23459, i earned £5312 as payment fromt he benefits system.

I am drafted a letter with everything i know about him works address and phone number, care reg, i know this may be daft but the other bailiffs i have had here were really pleased with that!...there was nothing left from the house, and as i said the bills that are left i have been left to pay because i cant get him to pay them and he keeps moving!...

 

He always sorted the tax credits now i know why!......i didnt know he had been given raise at work and i didnt even know he had tried to have the house remortgaged. im sure i will have sighned the claim form.

I'll get everything together and send them off and hope i dont have to pay the whole amount back.

thanks for your help

ang x

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Okay, get the letter drafted, save a copy (You probably know the procedure already but just incase)

 

I am not trying to imply that you wont do, but tell them that he keeps moving address and that he was the one who handled the household finances, show willingness to help them, HMRC are a really funny bunch of people if you don't comply, so best thing to do is show that you are on their side, they can't expect you to pay the whole amount as it was a joint household claim, and though your ex seemed to deal with finances, you are responsible as you signed there. He seems like an idiot, trying to befraud the system, but then again, it seems there is alot of background financial issues and that probably led him to this stupidity, all the same, i hope you get a positive reply, and if you need any help or want any more feedback on this, just reply here, i can offer my advice and there are many others, let me know what happens and good luck with it. I'm sure you will be fine. Good night.

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ok if you did owe them they would make hubby pay half anyway also as it was an old claim with ur ex they cannot and will not take any money out of ur current claim,it has to be arranged thru pverpayment team and explain that u cannot afford alot maybe £5 a month at the most they they come to an aggreement with u over the phone and they may even say pay less hopefull £2.50 a month,at least this way its nt a big chunk of money coming out of yours and new fellas money..appeal anyway you may b better off

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