The current system in how working tax credit is awarded needs to be looked at. I found claiming for tax credit useful when I was on a low income and it helped me until I was earning a better wage. However, a mistake was made and I was awarded too much. I always contacted them my circumstances changed and did everything that was required. However, I was sent a letter saying I owed them approx £1800. I appealed several times but, four years later, I had to pay back the money, going into debt in order to do so. I was even told that it was their mistake but I still had to pay it back. The only reason I paid it back is because they threatened to take me to court. I have always worked hard and have been honest by declaring additional self employed income and feel that I was unjustly made to re-pay the money. So that others do not receive an I.O.U letter just before Christmas, as I did, please review the current claim system.
Review how tax credit is awarded