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Benefits (Taxation)

Volume 894: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1975

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the additional yield to the Revenue in a full year (a) if unemployment benefit were subject to income tax, (b) if sickness benefit were subject to income tax and (c) if supplementary benefit were subject to income tax.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 24th June 1975; Vol. 894, c. 108], circulated the following answer:The estimated additional yields for 1975–76 from taxing unemployment and sickness benefits are £150 million and £160 million respectively. I regret that the information on which to base an estimate of the yield to the Revenue from making supplementary benefits taxable is not available.