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Taxation

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax repayment claim forms were sent (a) automatically and (b) after case review by officials to regular claimants in each year since 1997. (134635)

The total number of tax repayment claim forms issued automatically by HM Revenue and Customs, to customers who have claimed repayment in the previous year, since 2000-01 (the data are not held for earlier years) is as follows.

Number

2000-01

567,302

2001-02

524,140

2002-03

442,579

2003-04

380,033

2004-05

368,103

2005-06

357,889

2006-07

324,601

The reduction in the numbers of claim forms issued reflects an increase in the number of eligible people who have completed an R85 form to receive their bank and building society interest without any tax deductions.

In addition, HM Revenue and Customs also issue tax repayment claim forms on request (no data are held on the number issued each year).