I will need to write a letter to the HMRC regarding my mistake, they clearly say if I deliberately or negligently give false information I can be fined; I did not make a claim for Tax credit fruduantly, it was a mistake. I need advice on my correspondence to HMRC.
I have not yet written a letter; I have been asked to respond to a HMRC letter regarding the Tax credits paid to me over the past 7 months. These payments were paid due to me not notifying the HMRC that my child was at University and not in full time education. I understood full time education as all education. I did not know that it excluded University, as I am a single working parent paying solely for my child. I thought tax credits coverd all education until a childs 20th birthday. The letter I have received has suggested I seek advise from a professional to add any thing I wish to be taken into account when they decide whether to charge me a penalty and the amount I need to repy. Clearly the wording is crucial as I have made a genuine mistake and I am seeking your advise in my accompanying letter.