Income Tax: Young People

Treasury written question – answered on 8th April 2010.

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Photo of Stewart Hosie Stewart Hosie Shadow Chief Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how many 16 and 17 year-olds resident in Scotland pay income tax;

(2) how much income tax liability there was in respect of those resident in Scotland under the age of 18 years between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2009.

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)

In 2008-09, the number of 16 and 17-year-olds in Scotland with income tax liabilities is estimated at around 6,000, with total income tax liabilities for those under 18 years estimated at £3.7 million.

The figures are based on the 2006-07 Survey of Personal Incomes and projected in line with 2009 pre-Budget report assumptions. The figures should be treated with caution given the small sample size.

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