§ MR. DWYER GRAY,
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether any directions have lately been given for the more rigid exaction or more prompt collection of the Income Tax?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. H. H. FOWLER)
In reply to the Question of the hon. Member, I have to inform him that no instructions have been given for the more rigid exaction or more prompt collection of the Income Tax by the Treasury. The preparation of the terminal assessments for 1885–6, however, caused some delay in the commencement of the collection of the tax, which was due on or before the 1st of January last; and that has necessitated at this moment greater activity on the part of the collectors to enable them to collect the amount proper for the current financial year before the 31st March next.