Revenue and Customs: Data

Treasury written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long HM Revenue and Customs retains (a) copies of and (b) data contained in tax returns; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Digital Britain) (also HM Treasury), Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

HM Revenue and Customs has recently modified its retention policy and is working towards a position where it will normally retain tax returns and the data they contain plus related correspondence for six years in addition to the current year. Information will be retained for longer periods where necessary, for example where there is a continuing investigation into possible fraudulent or criminal activity.

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