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Postmen (Tips)

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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Banks asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the number of postmen liable to be taxed on tips; and what is the expected revenue in the latest financial year for which figures are available.

I understand that about 175,000 people are employed by the Post Office, of whom some 125,000 are postal officers on rounds. Tips received in the course of a postman's duties are part of his taxable income in the same way ashis other earnings. I regret that information is not available centrally on which to base an estimate of the number of Post Office employees who receive tips, nor to distinguish the amount of tax due on them.