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National Insurance

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be earning £10,000 or less per annum and paying (a) national insurance contributions and (b) income tax in 2009-10. (240508)

[holding answer 8 December 2008]: In 2009-10, an estimated 3.7 million people with incomes of £10,000 or less will pay income tax—a reduction of 58 per cent. compared to the estimated 8.8 million people in 1997-98. The estimated number of employees and self-employed with earnings of £10,000 or less who will pay national insurance contributions in 2009-10 is around 3.5 million.

Estimates for earlier years of the number of taxpayers with incomes below £10,000 can be found in Table 2.5 “Income tax liabilities, by income range” on the HM Revenue and Customs website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income tax/menu.htm