§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, approximately what percentage of Income Tax and Surtax Returns for the year 1965–66 were cleared by 31st December 1966; how this percentage compares with previous years; 223W and what action he is taking to enable the Inland Revenue and taxpayers to expedite settlement, in view of the complexities of the Finance Act 1965.
§ Mr. Diamond
It is not possible to give a single percentage figure for the number of returns cleared, because of the different bases of assessment for Income Tax under Schedules D and E and Surtax. Overall there is a slight decrease as compared with the average of previous years. Overtime is to be worked in tax offices but no further special action is required.