Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
The Tory Government likes to claim that it has made work pay. Then why are low paid temporary workers sometimes being denied their full personal tax allowance if they claim Universal Credit? Low paid temporary workers often have to pay emergency tax on their earnings and when this is repaid by HMRC to the worker it is treated as earned and taxable income for the purposes of Universal Credit and then 63% of that tax refund is deducted from a Universal Credit payment in the assessment period that the tax refund was supplied to the employee. HMRC themselves do not regard an income tax refund as taxable income. This mean and deceitful action by the DWP means that low paid temporary workers are being denied their full personal tax allowance.
The relevant legislation can be found in the link below:
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