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Taxation: Business

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what average length of time it took for HM Revenue and Customs to register a business for tax purposes in (a) September 2009, (b) October 2009, (c) November 2009, (d) December 2009 and (e) January 2010; (317357)

(2) what average length of time if took for HM Revenue and Customs to register a business for tax purposes in (a) September 2008, (b) October 2008, (c) November 2008, (d) December 2008 and (e) January 2009.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for administering a large number of taxes and duties, of which some have registration regimes and others do not. The data in respect of some of these regimes are held centrally and is readily accessible, while for others they could be provided only at disproportionate cost.