Assalamoalikum Dear Scholars,
Few years ago i use to get benefits from the government (working tax credits and child tax credit).
The tax credits allowance is based on the yearly household income.
For one particular year i informed the Inland Revenue about my yearly income for that year and based on the figure i had provided ,a final decision was made by the Inland Revenue and i received benefits(working and child tax credit).
However i had made an error on the yearly income, ie i had declared a lower yearly income to the Inland Revenue than what it actually was.
Thus, i once again contacted Inland Revenue and informed them of the correct (higher)amount of household income.
(as my household income was higher than what i had declared initially,my benefits would be lower and it would mean that i would have to repay the excess benefits that i had received).
However the Inland Revenue amended the records but never asked me to repay the excess money that i had received as benefits.
If i am not asked by the Inland Revenue to pay back this overpayment what can i do with the overpaid money ?
Can i give it to charity ?
What type of charity can i give it as ?
What intention do i make ?