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National Insurance Contributions

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were given incorrect information on the level of their National Insurance contributions by HM Revenue and Customs in 2006; how many people HM Revenue and Customs has informed of such an error; and if he will make a statement. (105460)

HM Revenue and Customs have sent 3.2 million letters to customers advising them of a potential shortfall in their national insurance paid during 2004-05 and will send up to 1.5 million more over the next few weeks. Some may contain incorrect information due to the late processing of employers, 2004-05 returns.

HM Revenue and Customs have contacted many employers who sent in their returns using our electronic data interchange or magnetic media service to tell them about the difficulties with their returns, but it has not been possible to identify or contact all employers affected. They have also explained the position in detail to the key representative bodies.