HMRC has brought in up to 12 debt collection agencies (DCA) to reclaim £1.6bn from overpaid tax credits, according to an investigation by campaign group False Economy and The Independent.
The joint investigation revealed there were 4.7 million cases of overpaid tax credits, totalling debts of £1.6bn, with hundreds of thousands of Britain’s poorest people likely to be targeted.
According to a freedom of information (FOI) request, in addition to writing to taxpayers, the DCAs have made contact by mobile phones with calls and texts.
The Independent reported that some of those targeted say they feel harassed and frightened, and in at least 80 tax credit cases, assets have been seized directly.
Another FOI request revealed HM...