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Tax Collection

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employers there are within the catchment area of the Huddersfield collector of taxes who are classified as paying pay-as-you-earn and national insurance contributions in the ranges (a) over £15,000 per month, (b) between £3,500 and £15,000 per month, (c) between £500 and £3,500 per month and (d) between £100 and £500 per month; for each category how many employers have not paid sums due for two or more months at the latest available date; and what sums are outstanding in each category.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January 1983, c. 181–182]: The numbers of employers and related amounts are, as at 29 December 1982:

(a)(b)(c)(d)
Paying over £15,000 monthlyPaying £3,500-£15,000 monthlyPaying £500-£3,500 monthlyPaying £100-£500 monthly
Total number902456311,570
Number with payments for 2 or more months overdue248116402
Estimated amounts overdue (including amounts due on 19December 1982)£520,000£834,000£447,000£428,000
Year to October 1980Year to October 1981Year to October 1982
(a) Huddersfield Collection Office3,2552,8533,513
(b) Taunton Collection Office4,0803,7694,424

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the total receipts, including pay-as-you-earn, national insurance contributions, schedule D, corporation tax, capital gains tax and others, during the year ended Friday 29 October 1982, in respect of the area covered by the Taunton office, including amounts paid by employers to accounts office, Shipley, whose remitting point was located in the area covered by the Taunton office.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January, c. 181]: The total amount of taxes and national insurance contributions paid to and accounted for by the Taunton collection office during the year ended 29 October 1982 was £18·7 million. Amounts paid to the accounts office, Shipley by employers in the Taunton area totalled an estimated £119 million in the same period.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the total receipts, including pay-as-you-earn, national insurance contributions, schedule D, corporation tax, capital gains tax and others, during the year ended Friday 29 October 1982, in respect of the area covered by the Huddersfield office, including amounts paid by employers to accounts office, Cumbernauld, whose remitting point was located in the area covered by the Huddersfield office.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January, 1983, c. 181]: The total amount of taxes and national insurance contributions paid to and accounted for by the Huddersfield Collection during the year ended 29 October 1982 was £13·9 million. Amounts paid to the accounts office, Cumbernauld by employers in the Huddersfield area totalled an estimated £156 million in the same period.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for (a) the Taunton and (b) the Huddersfield Inland Revenue collection offices and in respect of employers paying (i) between £3,500 and £15,000 and (ii) more than £15,000 pay-as-you-earn tax and national insurance contributions per month, how many were contacted by the collection offices in regard to payment of pay-as-you-earn and national insurance contributions in November 1982; and how that contact was divided between (a) personal contact, (b) telephone, (c) written and (d) other forms of contact.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits were made for whatever purpose by (a) the Huddersfield and (b) the Taunton inland revenue collection offices in the years ended on the last Friday in October 1980, 1981 and 1982.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January, c. 181]: The numbers of visits made were:

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January, c. 181]: I regret that the information requested is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in respect of (a) the Taunton and (b) the Huddersfield Inland Revenue collection offices, how many employers there are who pay (i) between £3,500 and £15,000, and (ii) over £15,000 pay-as-you-earn and national insurance contributions per month.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January, c. 181]: The numbers of employers are:

(i)(ii)
Paying over £15.000 monthlyPaying between £3,500 and £15,000 monthly
(a) Taunton Collection Office64143
(b) Huddersfield Collection Office90245
The payments of pay-as-you-earn and national insurance contributions are normally made to and accounted for by the Accounts Offices at Shipley and Cumbernauld respectively.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were made by the public to the Inland Revenue collection office in (a) Preston, (b) Coleraine, (c) Gloucester, (d) Wigan, (e) Darlington, (f) Taunton, (g) Halifax, (h) Huddersfield, (i) Kettering, (j) Guildford, (k) Pontypridd, (l) Dumfries and (m) Leeds "C" in each of the years ended on the last Friday in October 1980, 1981 and 1982.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January, c. 181]: I regret that the required information is not available.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what surveys the Inland Revenue has carried out since 1977 which have measured or assessed the number of visits made to collection offices by the public; and what conclusions or assessments have been made of the total of such visits to all collection offices in the United Kingdom.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 January, c. 181]: A survey of visits made by the public was carried out in 10 Inland Revenue collection offices during the two four-week periods in October 1977 and February 1978. The sample information was obtained to test the feasibility of setting up single public inquiry points where a building housed more than one office; no assessment was made of the total of such visits made to all collection offices, nor is one considered practicable on the basis of the limited information available.