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Taxation: Pensioners

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners in receipt of the state pension are UK income tax payers; and what percentage of the overall national income tax revenue was attributable to pensioners in the latest period for which figures are available. (208867)

There are an estimated 5.0 million taxpayers of state pension age or above for 2008-09. It is not possible to calculate exactly how many individuals in receipt of the basic state pension are taxpayers. Their income tax liability accounts for around 8.8 per cent. of estimated total income tax liability for 2008-09.