Pensioners (Taxation)

Treasury written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of pensioners paying income tax at (a) the higher rate and (b) the basic rate for each year since 1996–97; and what percentage of (i) all pensioner taxpayers and (ii) all pensioners this figure represents in each case.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Mr. Willetts on 2 July 2002, Hansard, column 288W. Final estimates for the years 2000–01 are in the following table.

Number of pensioner(12) taxpayers (thousands)
(a) higher rate 220
(b) basic rate 2,970
(i) Percentage of all pensioner taxpayers
(a) higher rate 5
(b) basic rate 64
(ii) Percentage of all pensioners(13)
(a) higher rate 2
(b) basic rate 28

(12) Men aged 65 and over and women aged 60 and over.

(13) Mid-year population estimates supplied by the Office for National Statistics.


The estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes 2000–01.

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