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Posted - 16/03/2009 :  08:27:12  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
Tax credit overpayment mistake led to heart attack

An elderly Rochdale resident suffered a heart attack after he and his wife were mistakenly pursued for tax credit overpayments of almost £5,000.

The couple, known only as Mr and Mrs F, were in fulltime care of their grandchild when they were targeted for tax credit overpayments of £4823 for two years due to a mistake made by the tax credit office.

Mrs F said that her husband had suffered a heart attack because of the stress caused by the credit office's error.

Rochdale MP Paul Rowen highlighted the case in Parliament this week as he questioned the Government's tax credit policy. He called the Government to account over what he termed 'extremely harsh tactics' in clawing back tax credit overpayments from taxpayers, that since April 2003, have amounted to £14 billion...

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