Clause 131 — Indexed Rate Bands for 2003–04: PAYE Deductions Etc

Part of Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:30 pm on 14th May 2003.

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Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury) 1:30 pm, 14th May 2003

The first day after 17 May has been the day on which employers and pension providers are asked to implement any codes and tax changes resulting from changes in the Budget. As last year, this clause changes the date, for this year only, from the first pay day after 17 May to the first pay day after 14 June. That allows time for the Inland Revenue to send out the necessary employer packs, and for employers to implement them, given that the Budget was in April this year.

As PAYE works on a cumulative basis, no one will lose out as a result of the delay. The system automatically gives people the benefit of any tax reduction that they are due on the first pay day after 14 June. The clause makes no difference to the way in which the Inland Revenue and employers administer PAYE. It is essentially a technical amendment, to bring matters into line. As the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs well knows, the same clause was brought forward last year in a straightforward and reasonable way and he saw no problems with it.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 131 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 132 to 134 ordered to stand part of the Bill.