HC Deb 06 February 1967 vol 740 cc222-3W
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; 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.