'Dead' Swindon man to lose home over tax error

A Swindon man says his family are going to lose their home because a tax credit error listed his status as deceased.

Matthew Jay's former employer accidentally sent incorrect details to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which stated he left because he had died.

The father-of-two has since been unable to claim family tax credits and has fallen behind with the rent.

HMRC said the problem will be resolved within seven days, but the family's landlord has asked them to move out.

'Absolutely sick'

Mr Jay said: "I pay my National Insurance and tax every week, and they can see clearly if they check their records that I am alive."

His partner, Katrina Johnson, said she felt "absolutely sick" about the situation and fears she will be seen as committing fraud.

An HMRC spokesperson said: "When errors are made by others or by HMRC we correct them as soon as possible."

The family is seeking advice from the local Citizens Advice service.

Deirdre Moss, a lawyer with Lemon & Co in Swindon said the family should be entitled to claim compensation and costs from HMRC.

She said: "We frequently claim costs off the Inland Revenue because they lose papers and take forever to deal with things and they generally pay up."

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