Income Tax (Weekly Wage-Earners).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as the Income Tax procedure adopted for salaried individuals is unsuitable for the large number of wage earners now brought within the scope of the Income Tax laws, he will devise less cumbrous methods for collection of tax from weekly wage-earners?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I cannot accept my hon. Friend's statement. The present method of collection is in the interest of the wage earners. I am, however, keeping the matter under careful review.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that a system which in many cases calls for the assistance of trained accountants in preparing the returns is not a suitable scheme for weekly wages?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I am glad to say that most of this work is being done by the employers, and I have not had criticisms or complaints in that connection.