Income Tax Evasion.

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

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give any information in connection with the charge made against Stanley Pearce Smith, a machine-tool fitter, who was charged, with five others, at Manchester Assizes with conspiracy to steal machine tools; if he is aware that the man Smith had not made any Income Tax returns; and how he intends dealing with the matter?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

The conditions of secrecy that govern the assessment of the Income Tax preclude me from furnishing any information regarding the liability of particular taxpayers. All I can say is that the Inland Revenue authorities may be relied upon to take note of any evidence that may reach them of cases in which liability to tax may be at stake.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

I take it for granted that the Minister knows where the five men are and during the time they are where they are will enable them to complete their education?