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Treasury written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how many people in the UK his Department estimates have incorrect tax codes;

(2) what the cost to his Department was of issuing incorrect tax codes in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

The exact number of incorrect coding notices issued by HMRC is not known. In any year, a small percentage of tax codes will be incorrect, as the codes may not always reflect changes in an individual's circumstances. That is why HMRC send out coding notices well in advance of the start of the new tax year so that customers can review them and report any changes.

Information relating to costs for the last 12 months in respect of incorrect coding notices is not available.

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