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Revenue and Customs: Data

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long HM Revenue and Customs retains (a) copies of and (b) data contained in tax returns; and if he will make a statement. (308134)

HM Revenue and Customs has recently modified its retention policy and is working towards a position where it will normally retain tax returns and the data they contain plus related correspondence for six years in addition to the current year. Information will be retained for longer periods where necessary, for example where there is a continuing investigation into possible fraudulent or criminal activity.