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Tax Credits Question

ellienunn Avatar
6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Ive given tax credits all the correct information
i have all the paper work regarding everything !!
I was on maternity allowence last tax year so i did not earn much at all so they are saying the amount of tax credits im getting is normal i think im getting way to much, i have phoned a few times to confirm but im still worried they are gunna ask for money back,
I need reasurance.
ive checked the paperwork loads cant see anything wrong
Has anyone experienced getting more tax credits after being on maternity allowence ?
ellienunn Avatar
6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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banned#1
if you income was low then of course your going to get more, as they base it on last years money, but next year when you claim they will base it on this years money, it will show you on the paperwork what they have made the assessment on, check this is right
#2
oh good thankyou, i hear of lots of horror stories about having to pay back money, they make alot of mistakes x
banned#3
ellienunn
oh good thankyou, i hear of lots of horror stories about having to pay back money, they make alot of mistakes x


you could also put in the same figures you have used into entitledto and see if they come up the same, some reassurance for you
#4
ellienunn
oh good thankyou, i hear of lots of horror stories about having to pay back money, they make alot of mistakes x


As long as you have told them the correct details, and can prove it, you should be ok, I would send them a letter recorded delivery and keep the receipt of it being delivered as proof.
And as Sassie says check entitledto.co.uk, they are usually very accurate.
#5
sassie
if you income was low then of course your going to get more, as they base it on last years money, but next year when you claim they will base it on this years money, it will show you on the paperwork what they have made the assessment on, check this is right


True but they are only using it as a guide for the current year as they say they don't know what you are currently earning (complicated system). They are not paying you in arrears. The payments you are receiving are for this tax year. This is why they always ask you to let them know of any changes in circumstance so the amount they pay you is correct. if your income is now different to last year chances are they are paying you too much. i used to work for them so i know how it works but alot of the people who are work there haven't got a clue!! This may explain why you're not getting very far when you phone up. You need to keep trying though.
You do get more money for having a child under one though so this will increase payments.
Hope this helps.
banned#6
amandalk
True but they are only using it as a guide for the current year as they say they don't know what you are currently earning (complicated system). They are not paying you in arrears. The payments you are receiving are for this tax year. This is why they always ask you to let them know of any changes in circumstance so the amount they pay you is correct. if your income is now different to last year chances are they are paying you too much. i used to work for them so i know how it works but alot of the people who are work there haven't got a clue!! This may explain why you're not getting very far when you phone up. You need to keep trying though.
You do get more money for having a child under one though so this will increase payments.
Hope this helps.


THEY MESS EVERYTHING UP, HAVENT GOT ONE GOOD WORD TO SAY ABOUT THEM


oops soz about caps


if they want to pay you on this years income they should ask for your predicted wage for this year, not last years income, they couldnt organise a pee up in a brewery, no better than the CSA but hey it keeps the unemployment figures down
banned#7
I have been on of the horror stories. I rung the tax credit people a while back now this is and told them that the wife is now not working due to the little one. answered the questions the asked and thought all would be ok. i started to get more credits and also got a lump sum. I phoned them up and stated i dont think this is correct and they assured me it was. I was still unsure and rung back and spoke to another person who told me that it is right . guess what. the renewal came through and noticed they had put me and the wife down as not working hence the amounts being paid. and they want it all back. still having troubles with them with what they are clawing back. I have sent in now twice regarding the problem and still now reply. It makes you wish you had never dealt with them. My advice is make a list of all details of who you speak to and who you deal with with date and time etc.
#8
if i remember they work it out by takin a £100 for everyweek your on maternity off your income so i.e you earn £10,000 and take 39wks off on maternity leave they change your income to £6,100 and then recalculate how much you should get and then at the end of the tax year your total earnings should work out roughly the same due to maternity pay being a set amount.than any differance you have to pay back so say you earned £7,500 they work out the differance and that was your overpayment.this was how they worked mine out a yr or so ago.hope this helps.oh and they let you pay back your overpayment over 12 months usually.
#9
Don't get me started with tax credits! am fighting an overpayment at the mo, this has been going on for about 3 years! managed to get them to write off £4000 of overpayments because they admitted it was their fault. still disputing the last £1500. it's been doing my head in with constant letter writing!
#10
they once gave me too much money in tax credits too and tried to claim it back! there is something somewhere you are in your right not have to pay anything back as its their fault in the first place.at the end of the day its an allowance of what they say we are meant to be living on,so if you end up paying it back,you dont have enough to live on! i got away without having to pay £1,500 back they paid me wrong in the first place,due to their computer error a few years back.
#11
my other half went self employed but then started working for someone 4 days a week on a set wage so we could work it out easy really but then he had 6 weeks off work in that year not all at once but through an injury plus holidays but with him being self employed he isnt entitled to holiday pay so we knocked all this off and told the tax credits. then his accountant went through everything and allowed his fuel expenses etc and i had told tax credits his earnings was £1800 more than it was so i rang and told them and they said our deadline is july 31st we would of owed you more but because of the deadline there is nothing we can do now. what a joke if it was us that owed them then i am sure they wouldnt have a deadline to take it.
#12
sassie
THEY MESS EVERYTHING UP, HAVENT GOT ONE GOOD WORD TO SAY ABOUT THEM


oops soz about caps


if they want to pay you on this years income they should ask for your predicted wage for this year, not last years income, they couldnt organise a pee up in a brewery, no better than the CSA but hey it keeps the unemployment figures down


ha ha!!

Wanted to say that but wasn't sure what was acceptable as not posted on here before!
#13
Thankyou for all your help... I will Not Pay them losers Back for their own mistakes no way !
banned#14
ellienunn
Thankyou for all your help... I will Not Pay them losers Back for their own mistakes no way !


you dont have to, they take it automatically on your next claim, in all honesty if everything is right on the form they have sent back then i dont see a problem
#15
ellienunn
Thankyou for all your help... I will Not Pay them losers Back for their own mistakes no way !


The point is you will have to prove its their mistake, so make sure you keep a record of who you have spoken to and when, I would also recommend confirming everything in writing and using recorded delivery. If you can prove that you told them then you have a good case.

I also recommend asking them to calculate based on what you think this years salary is going to be, if you explain that if will be higher they will usually calculate on what your projected income will be.

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