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Children: Maintenance

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 64978, tabled on 22 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) publish or (b) place in the Library a copy of the memorandum of understanding between his Department and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on requests by the Child Maintenance Service to HMRC for income information from paying parents' self-assessment tax returns.

Answered on

1 March 2017

Our memorandum of understanding with HMRC regarding use of information for the Child Maintenance Service does not contain specific detail regarding information from self-assessment tax returns, as the relevant information for the child maintenance calculation is the total gross taxable income figure, which may or may not contain information from self-assessment tax returns.

We do not plan to publish this MOU or place a copy in the Library.