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Clacton: Mum frustrated by HMRC tax credit blunder
4:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A MOTHER of four has hit out at having her child benefit cut and then paid back in instalments.
Annette Yates, from Priory Road in Clacton, said her 16-year-old daughter was due to stay on at college after her GCSEs so she filled in a form to notify HM Revenue and Customs.
However the form did not get implemented and Annette’s child tax benefit was stopped.
She said: "I told them I had sent the form already and they did say it was their mistake.
“It was only £50 but they said it would be paid back in instalments each week for the rest of the tax year."
The 47-year-old mum said despite it only being a small amount of money, the shortage left her having to borrow money off friends to tide her over.
She said: “I have food and clothes and things to buy for the kids for school.
“I couldn’t afford not to have that money.”
And because the cash will not be paid back in a lump sum, Annette is now being forced to sell some of her possessions, including her much-loved guitar, to pay back the money she borrowed.
The Government revenue department has promised to look into the case.