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HMRC: Industrial Action

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the proposed industrial action by officers at HM Revenue and Customs on 31 January; and if he will extend the deadline for tax returns to be submitted. (110616)

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has called a one-day strike on 31 January as part of a ‘discontinuous action’. This means the union could also call on members to strike on other days, without holding another ballot. The PCS is also asking members to take action short of a strike. This could include a ban on overtime working after 31 January.

HMRC is committed to keeping as many offices open as possible on 31 January. As they are every year, customers are encouraged to send in their tax returns as early as possible to avoid any last minute rush.

We will not extend the statutory deadline for tax returns to be submitted.

If a local office is unavailable on 31 January, customers should deliver their return as soon as possible on the following day and they will not be penalised.