Tax credits say you can’t claim as single parent if your married but separated?

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    Hope7
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    Today I received a letter from HMRC to ask if I should continue claiming as a single person and then it started to list why I shouldn’t, the first one said- you are married or in a civil patnership- even if you don’t live together.

    I separated from my husband 6 years ago and still am separate but I am unable to divorce him due to my Christian faith.

    I am a bit concerned that they should class this as married when I live a completely separate life to my husband.

    Any advice? Can’t contact them until Monday

    Thanks

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    picklepie24
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    I was separated from my husband for 5 years until i eventually managed to get a divorce, during that time I never had a problem with my tax credits.  Maybe they mean people who live separately but are still really together.   If you can prove you have totally separate lives there shouldn’t be a problem.  I got a letter like that when someone reported to them that i was with someone (my ex reported me, i wasn’t with anyone he’s just vile) like they were giving me a chance to own up.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

     

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    Hope7
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    Hi picklepie24

    Thanks for taking the time to write. I had a look on some web sites and it made things a bit clearer about who they can class as a ‘couple’  and they can’t class someone who is separated in circumstances in which the separation is likely to be permanent, which mine is.

    Thanks again

     

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