HC Deb 18 January 2001 vol 361 cc306-7W
Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will abolish the rule that an application for up to six months funding of working families tax credits can be applied for only if the employer submits such application for funding at least nine working days before such employer is due to pay tax credits. [145841]

Dawn Primarolo

Employers can apply for funding at any time after they have been notified to start paying tax credit to one or more of their employees. The Inland Revenue aims to get funding to employers at least three days before the employer is first due to pay tax credits. To ensure the funding arrives in time employers are advised to apply at least nine working days in advance to allow time for funds to be cleared through the employers bank or building society account.