tax credits

Warning on tax credit scam emails

Tue, 21/05/2013 - 11:13 -- nick

The UK tax authority has warned people who receive tax credits not to be taken in by fake emails which ask for their details.

This is the time of year when those who receive credits are asked to renew their claims, but HMRC, which runs the scheme, has received reports of 22,000 emails being sent asking for payment and personal details.

HMRC has made clear it never asks for card details or other payment information by email.

Blog on benefit fraud v underpayment

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 14:01 -- nick

The Guardian writer James Ball has written a blog on benefit fraud.

A woman has been tried and sentenced to community service for claiming unemployment benefits while working.

So far, so predictable; just another story for The Mail to get its teeth in to, more evidence of the decline of Britain and the badness of claimants.

But there's a twist; if the woman in question had claimed the in-work benefits, including tax credits, she was entitled to she would actually have received almost twice as much.

Work Programme advisers 'pushing jobless into self-employment'

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 12:04 -- nick

Work Programme advisers are advising some unemployed people to register as self-employed even where they have no viable business, a BBC investigation has found.

Advisers encouraged the move to allow their clients to claim more working tax credits, and to enable their companies to claim payments.

The organisation that represents Work Programme providers denied that they had incentives to move people to self-employment.

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