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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

Debt and return pursuit: Child Benefit overpayments: enforcement: insolvency

If a customer advises that they have been declared bankrupt, action will depend on the circumstances of the overpayment.

Official error/ overprovision of benefit

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Recoverable overpayment


  • the date of bankruptcy
  • the court where bankruptcy was declared
  • the bankruptcy reference number.

This information can be found at .

Check the date of the overpayment.

  • If the overpayment decision was made after the date of bankruptcy, continue normal recovery action as per Insolvency Manual (INS2404).
  • If the overpayment decision was made prior to the date of bankruptcy, refer case to the DMUW Enforcement Officer.