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Tax Credits Act 2002

Section 37: Interest

151.Subsection (1) of this section provides that interest may be charged on any overpayment of tax credits which arises from the fraud or neglect of a person to whom the award was made. The interest normally runs from 30 days after the end of the period allowed to confirm details of income in response to a notice under section 17(4). However, where an award has been terminated and an amount paid under that award is treated as an overpayment under section 28(6), the interest runs from the date of the decision under section 16(1) to terminate the award.

152.Subsection (5) provides that any penalty imposed in relation to tax credits carries interest from the date the penalty is due and payable, although the Board have the discretion to mitigate such interest.

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