Child Tax Credits

OK, so yesterday was an interesting/amusing day in regards to paperwork and red-tape at it's finest. I assumed I would be clear-sailing from here...

Yes yes, I know what they say about assuming.

So my phone just rang. "Mr English, this is Miss 'Nother from the Inland Revenue Child Tax Credits department" Whoo thinks me, finally they will tell me about my award and just when it'll be sorted.

Bare in mind, I had to make a new claim by phone, and was told 10-14 working days. Then after three weeks, I poked them, then a week later they demanded proof I have Jaysen. Well, the only proof I had to hand was his Birth Certificate and Passport. After all, nine-year-old boys are not known for their "proof of existence" aside from mess, chaos and generic destruction.

As if they need more.

So I dutifully sent off the info and she called today with the good news.

"We need further evidence that your son lives with you"

Um, what?

So she suggests getting the school to write a letter confirming that Jaysen lives with me. I call the school, and for all intents and purposes I must have sounded like a complete and utter MENTAL PERSON, asking them to confirm in writing that Jaysen lives with me. And if I didn't sound like a complete and utter MENTAL PERSON, I must have sounded like a child snatcher.

A letter from the doctor won't count as that just shows they know Jaysen's address, not where he actually lives. The school have "referred" my query to the Headmaster (which is prolly on red paper marked "MENTAL PERSON") and I may or may not hear from them. Or I'll get the police tapping on the window with a battering ram knowing my luck...

I could send a photo of Jaysen nailed to the front door, but that would only prove he is nailed to a house with the #54 on the front of it.

GAH!

And this isn't all, this is the REALLY irritating as buggery part. The "usual" proof I would send them would be Child Benefit which are the other department that I am having issues with. Now, Child Benefit have my claim "in process" at the moment, and Tax Credits are working on my claim... Both keep asking for different information, and asking for further information...

And yet they are the SAME government department!! Both are part of Inland Revenue! Knowing my luck, they sit opposite one another planning who they can push to breaking point quickest...

If someone happens to have a Very Large Wad Of Cash to hand, forward to the usual address for Hitman purposes...

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8 Responses to “Child Tax Credits”

Daisy said...

sorry hun already forwarded you all my spare £0.00

Posh Totty said...

Yep same as Daisy im afraid

Dan said...

You selfish cows... That's it, I'm going to sell Daisy and Posh's naked photos to the Daily Sport for £0.00...

Suburban Mum said...

I can lend you a tenner when I win the lottery, if that's any help?

Me said...

I have this very large wad of cash lying around, but unfortunately I need proof that you live at your address before I can send it. :P

debbie said...

ok,, what do we have to do Dan, do we need to send letters to Jaysen,, to your address,, I suppose thats just proof that he lives there but no actually with you.. its utter nonese,, hope you get more that £0.00 when its all completed.. just to let you now,, £0.00 is on its way up to you with interest of £0.00 too..

Posh Totty said...

Dan, its nice to know how much you value us ;o)

1st Lady said...

My son, aged 9, gets credit card offers through the mail. I wonder if that would work!