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Tax Credits Act 2002

Section 14: Initial decisions

75.Subsection (1) of section 14 provides that, when a claim is made, the Board must decide whether an award of tax credit should be made and, if so, the amount of that award. Subsection (3) makes clear that the Board may make an award at a nil rate. This ensures that awards may be made to people whose relevant income is expected to be too high for there to be any rate of entitlement in accordance with regulations under section 13, so that they may nevertheless have their entitlement finally determined at the end of the year in accordance with sections 18 to 21 when the actual level of their relevant income can be established.

76.Subsection (2) provides that, before making a decision under subsection (1), the Board can require the person or persons making the claim to provide, within a specified time, information or evidence that the Board consider they need to make their decision. The Board may also require, in accordance with regulations, information or evidence to be provided by third parties in order to reach a decision.

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