HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 c522W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if any small business will be exempt from delivering the working families tax credit through the pay packet. [112757]

Dawn Primarolo

[holding answer 2 March 2000]: Paying WFTC through the pay packet is central to demonstrating the rewards of work and making work pay for families on low incomes. From April employees awarded tax credits will generally receive them with their pay except where they have opted for the credit to be paid to their spouse or partner or where their employer does not operate a PAYE scheme or only operates a simplified PAYE scheme for domestic staff. The Inland Revenue is providing an extensive range of direct practical help and support for employers who will be paying tax credits through the pay packet.

Mr. Webb

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of recipients of the Working Families Tax Credit who currently receive payment at a post office who will from April 2000 receive payment through the wage packet. [112791]

Dawn Primarolo

[holding answer 3 March 2000]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney) on 9 February 2000, Official Report, column 214W.