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Tax credit claimants should take extra care when checking their 2012/13 final award notice, to ensure they do not lose their right to challenge overpayments, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has urged.

The charity’s call follows the introduction of two changes that will affect people wanting to dispute tax credits overpayments: HMRC will no longer stop recovery of overpayment while they consider a dispute, and claimants now have only three months to dispute an overpayment. Disputes could be made at any time until the time limit was introduced on 6 April.

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