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Tax Allowances

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of people in the UK who are eligible to claim non-domicile tax status; and if he will make a statement. [163436]

Jane Kennedy: Information on how many individuals in the UK are eligible to claim non-domicile tax status is not available. However information is available on the numbers of individuals indicating non-domicile status on their self assessment (SA) returns. The last full year's data relates to 2004-05, in which there were 115,000 indicating non-domicile status. HMRC's live systems show the latest figure (as at August 2007) for 2005-06 is 114,000 individuals.

Tax Allowances: Motor Vehicles

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a fiscally-neutral scheme to (a) reward and (b) penalise manufacturers of motor vehicles according to vehicle (i) fuel efficiency and (ii) carbon dioxide emissions. [172307]

Angela Eagle: The Government have reformed Vehicle Excise Duty to provide fiscal incentives to consumers to choose lower emissions vehicles by introducing CO2 emissions graduated rates for cars, a discount rate for early registered lower emissions vans and discount rates for reduced pollution buses and heavy good vehicles. Budget 2007 changes to Vehicle Excise Duty built on 2006 reforms, further sharpening the environmental signals to motorists to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles and supporting development of the low-carbon market. The Government have also reformed Company Car Tax to provide further fiscal incentives for cleaner lower emissions choices.

In addition the UK will engage fully in negotiations on the European Commission’s proposal to set vehicle manufacturers mandatory targets to reduce average CO2 emissions from new cars. The Chancellor keeps all taxation policy under review as part of the Budget process.

Tax Havens

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission research on the levels of use of offshore tax havens by UK banks and the economic effects of that use. [175531]

Jane Kennedy: There are no plans to commission research on the levels of use of offshore tax havens by UK banks and the economic effects of that use.

Tax Yields

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of total tax revenue came from (a) income tax, (b) indirect taxes, (c) business taxes, (d) capital taxes and (e) other taxes in each year since 1980. [172983]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 10 December 2007]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 January 2008:

A B C D E

1979-80

30.9

28.1

18.4

0.6

5.5

1980-81

30.6

27.4

18.8

0.6

5.9

1981-82

30.1

27.3

19.6

0.9

6.0

1982-83

28.9

27.8

19.5

0.5

6.4

1983-84

28.4

28.9

18.3

0.6

5.9

1984-85

27.3

30.2

18.7

0.6

5.8

1985-86

27.6

29.4

18.5

0.7

6.1

1986-87

27.4

31.0

16.5

0.7

6.4

1987-88

27.0

30.9

17.7

0.7

6.3

1988-89

26.4

30.9

17.8

0.6

6.5

1989-90

27.5

30.0

17.8

0.6

6.7

1990-91

28.6

29.9

16.2

0.6

7.7

1991-92

31.0

32.2

13.8

0.6

5.4

1992-93

30.4

32.9

12.6

0.6

6.2

1993-94

29.8

33.8

11.7

0.6

5.9

1994-95

29.3

33.7

12.8

0.6

5.8

1995-96

28.9

33.7

13.6

0.6

5.7

1996-97

27.5

33.7

15.2

0.6

5.8

1997-98

27.2

33.2

16.1

0.6

5.7

1998-99

28.0

32.9

15.6

0.6

5.8

1999-2000

28.2

33.2

15.6

0.6

5.8

2000-01

29.2

32.4

15.0

0.6

5.7

2001-02

29.2

32.5

14.7

0.6

6.1

2002-03

29.2

33.4

13.6

0.6

6.4

2003-04

27.8

33.5

12.8

0.6

6.6

2004-05

28.1

32.5

13.5

0.7

6.6

2005-06

28.3

31.1

15.0

0.7

6.5

2006-07

28.5

31.0

15.1

0.7

6.3

A. Household income taxes as a percentage of total taxes and social contributions payable by UK residents.
B. Taxes on products and imports as a percentage of total taxes and social contributions payable by UK residents.
C. Production taxes other than on products plus non-household Taxes on Income as a percentage of total taxes and social contributions payable by UK residents.
D. Capital taxes as a percentage of total taxes and social contributions payable by UK residents.
E. Other taxes as a percentage of total taxes and social contributions payable by UK residents.

Taxation

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department’s estimate of the tax gap is; and what model his Department uses to estimate the gap. [175527]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs do not produce estimates for the total tax gap. The most recent estimate of the indirect tax gap is given in “Measuring Indirect Tax Losses—2007”, published by HMRC in October 2007 and is available in the House of Commons Library.

There are currently no reliable estimates for the direct tax gap. However, HMRC published a discussion paper on the methodologies for estimating elements of the direct tax gap in October 2007. “Developing Methodologies for Measuring Direct Losses” is also available in the House of Commons Library.


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Taxation: Domicil

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions he made in estimating the revenue raised from modernisation of residence and domicile taxation in table B4, page 164 of the pre-Budget report, about (a) the number of non-domiciles who would pay the new £30,000 charge, (b) the gain from non-domiciles who choose to bring their tax affairs on-shore and (c) other factors, for (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11. [162314]

Jane Kennedy: The assumptions underpinning the proposed tax charge on remittance basis users, and the resulting figures, are set out in the consultation document ‘Paying a Fairer Share: a consultation on residence and Domicile’ which was published on 6 December.

Taxation: Pensioners

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people over the age of 65 were overtaxed by HM Revenue and Customs and the Inland Revenue in each year since 1997. [175067]

Jane Kennedy: Details of numbers of individuals who have overpaid are not available by age group.


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