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Tax Demands (Postal Delays)

Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in view of the fact that for several weeks earlier in the year there was serious interference with the post in East London, what guidance was given to collectors of taxes in the

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 24th March 1977], gave the following information:A breakdown of the United Kingdom's invisible earnings into the earnings of the private and public sectors cannot be made satisfactorily. The relevant information which is available is given in the table below.


area about pursuing taxpayers for taxes alleged to be overdue but unpaid because applications for payment and final notices were delayed in the post; and if he will make a statement.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 24th March 1977], gave the following information:

Practical steps were taken to ensure that, so far as possible, reminders reached taxpayers whose payments were overdue. Collectors were instructed to take account of the delays to the post when deciding what action to take about the collection of outstanding tax and generally to deal as reasonably and sympathetically as the circumstances required with difficulties which might emerge for taxpayers.