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Payroll Tax (Retail Trade)

Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 9 May 1961

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of the payroll tax on the retail trade; and what representations Her Majesty's Government have received against the imposition of the tax.

I would expect the effect of the employers' surcharge, if levied, on costs in the retail trade to be slight; but it is not possible to make a reliable estimate in quantitative terms. I have received representations about the employers' surcharge direct from the Federation of British Industries and from other representative associations in industry and trade, as well as from a number of firms and individuals and from a few local authorities.