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Self-Assessment

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target the Inland Revenue has set for the number of individual taxpayers filing self-assessment tax returns by 2005; and if he will make a statement. [102877]

The Revenue do not have targets for the number of individual taxpayers who are required to file SA returns. The target for the percentage of 2001–02 returns issued by 31 October 2002 and filed by the January 2003 filing date was 90.5 per cent. This target was reached.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) filing and (b) other costs of the self-assessment tax system in each year since 1998; and if he will make a statement. [102878]

The costs of collecting income tax and other taxes are set out each year in the Inland Revenue Annual Reports, copies of which are in the House of Commons Library. The costs of administering and collecting income tax cover a variety of integrated tax regimes and systems of which Self Assessment is one. Some significant costs are shared across these regimes and cannot be meaningfully apportioned to particular regimes or systems. No figures are available for the total costs of Self Assessment in isolation.