Tax Credit overpayments
You can’t appeal against a decision asking you to pay back a tax
credit overpayment, even if the overpayment was the result of
HMRC making an error.
If you think that HMRC made a mistake or gave you the wrong
advice and that led to the overpayment, you can dispute the
You can dispute the overpayment by:
If you decide to dispute an overpayment by
writing to the tax credit office, make sure you include the
- Your full name and contact address
- Your national insurance number
- The date of the overpayment decision you are disputing
- When the overpayment is said to have happened - the tax year or
- Why you are disputing the overpayment - detail any actions you
have taken or contact you have made to make sure your award is
correct, also detail the mistakes HMRC have made or the advice they
gave you that led to the overpayment, include dates and names where
- Your signature.
You have up to three months from the date you were sent the
decision that you have been overpaid to dispute recovery of that
overpayment. This is usually when you receive your final award
notice for the year.
Though you can't appeal against an overpayment you can appeal if
you think the amount of tax credits you were awarded in the first
place was wrong.
See Challenging a tax credit decision
Date of publication: 2 September 2013