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Tax Credits Manual

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Miscellaneous: C to D: incorrect personal information held on computer (AG)

When incorrect personal information is held on the computer, consider Steps 1 to 10.

Step 1

Follow the guidance in TCM0138020 before following this action guide.

  • If you are able to continue with the case and

    • the discrepancy is an obvious error that can be corrected, go to .
    • the discrepancy is not an obvious error that can be corrected, go to .

Step 2

If the claim is

  • pre-award, use Function CAPTURE APPLICATION to correct the obvious error on the computer

    • If a message displays on the Applicant screen that either customer is a potential match and the incorrect information on the computer relates to the

    • NINO
    • name
    • date of birth
    • sex
    • address

    then

    • go to .

    • If a message does not display on the Applicant screen or if the error does not relate to any of the previously-listed items

    • correct the error. Follow the relevant Changes guidance

    then

    • take no further action.
  • post award, use Function AMEND APPLICATION (choosing the Correction option) to correct the obvious error on the computer. Follow the relevant Changes guidance

    then

    • take no further action.

Step 3

If you discovered the failure from

  • contact from the customer, go to .
  • contacting the customer, go to .
  • working on another activity, go to .

Step 4

If the customer points out the discrepancies, check that there are discrepancies on the computer. Discrepancies that you must check for are

  • whether the following personal details of the customer or their partner are not as expected

    • NINO
    • name (surname, forenames and title)
    • date of birth
    • sex
  • names of children are clearly different
  • customer does not have a partner but a partner appears on their claim
  • partner’s details are clearly different
  • correspondence has been received but no claim has been made
  • a clear discrepancy between the names of the customers and the account names on the banking details
  • a clear incorrect deceased indicator on either customer

Note: You must not

* inform the customer of any discrepancies (that they do not already know about)
* attempt to explain why the discrepancies have occurred
* attempt to correct personal details on the computer.

then

  • go to .

Step 5

If you are still in contact with the customer

  • apologise for the inconvenience
  • ask if more details can be taken so you can look into the matter further. You will need a minimum of the following details

    • name (surname, forenames and title)
    • NINO
    • date of birth
    • address and postcode
    • contact details

then

  • go to .

Step 6

If, during routine contact with a customer,

  • you discover the personal details on the computer do not relate to the customer

or

  • the customer informs you that they did not make a claim

then

  • go to .

Step 7

Apologise for the inconvenience and ask them to confirm the following details in order for us to look into the matter further

  • full name (surname, forenames and title)
  • NINO
  • date of birth
  • contact details
  • address and postcode

then

  • go to .

Step 8

If you identify a clear discrepancy between the personal details on the computer and the information you expected to find, do not amend the details. Instead, you must

  • use Function VIEW HOUSEHOLD NOTES

    • If there is not a message in the Household Notes screen to indicate that an ‘M1 referral form’ has been completed, go to .
    • If there is a message in the Household Notes screen stating that an ‘M1 referral form’ has already been completed and

    • the message is at least two weeks’ old, go to .
    • the message is less than two weeks’ old, take no further action.

Step 9

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    • complete the M1 referral form (Word 101KB) with as many details as possible

    Note: If an ‘M1 referral form’ has already been completed but the message in Household Notes is at least two weeks’ old, mark the referral form ‘Duplicate’.

    • attach the photocopies of any relevant correspondence or other documents to the ‘M1 referral form’
    • use Function MAINTAIN HOUSEHOLD NOTES and select the ‘General’ category to record the action you have taken

    Note: You must follow the guidance in TCM0152060 when you record the note and also follow the guidance in TCM0152160.

    then

    • go to .
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    • complete form TC648 with as many details as possible (This content has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000)
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    • use Function MAINTAIN HOUSEHOLD NOTES and select the ‘General’ category to record the action you have taken

    Note: You must follow the guidance in TCM0152060 when you record the note and also follow the guidance in TCM0152160.

    • take no further action.

Step 10

If you are working in

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  • Contact Centre, pass the ‘M1 referral form’ to your team leader.