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Child and Working Tax Credits error and fraud statistics 2016 to 2017

This report presents the latest findings from the 2016 to 2017 Error and Fraud Analytical Programme, which measures error and fraud in the tax credits system.

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Child and Working Tax Credits Error and Fraud Statistics 2016 to 2017

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This report presents the latest findings from the 2016 to 2017 Error and Fraud Analytical Programme, which measures error and fraud in the tax credits system.

The commercial with a view to a profit condition for tax credits which applies to self-employed claimants has been included in the 2016-17 analysis.

For 2016 to 2017, the central estimate of the rate of error and fraud favouring the customer is around 4.9%. This equates to around £1.32 billion paid out incorrectly through error and fraud. Without the commercial with a view to a profit condition the error and fraud rate would be 4.7%, which equates to £1.27 billion paid out in correctly through error and fraud.

Published 21 June 2018