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Tax Credits Overpayments - What if I can’t afford to repay?

Find out more about Tax Credits Overpayments.

What if I can’t afford to repay?

For some people, having to pay back an overpayment of tax credit may cause financial problems.

You can ask HMRC not to recover some or all of the overpayment if recovery would cause you hardship or you have other special difficulties, such as mental illness, illness or disability.

You may be able to negotiate a suspension of recovery, reduction of the amount to be recovered or for the overpayment to be written off.

See HMRC's 'Tax Credits: What happens if I've been paid too much' guidance (link opens in a new window) and GOV.UK's Tax Credit Overpayments information (link opens in a new window)

If you have been overpaid, you can make a complaint if you are unable to reach an agreement on recovery. See GOV.UK's Tax Credit complaints information (link opens in a new window)

If you can't afford to repay an overpayment, we recommend that you get advice from a benefits adviser.

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