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Treasury written question – answered on 19th November 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual total of the Seafarers Earnings Deduction was in each year from 2006-07 to 2019-20.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many qualifying claimants there were for seafarers earnings deduction in each year between 2006-07 and 2019-20.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The estimated number of qualifying claimants and cost to the Exchequer of Seafarers Earnings Deduction (SED) from 2008-09 to 2019-20 is presented in the table below.

Year

Estimated cost to the Exchequer of Seafarers Earnings Deduction (£m)

Estimated number of qualifying claimants for Seafarers Earnings Deduction

2008-09

160

17,000

2009-10

170

17,000

2010-11

180

17,000

2011-12

195

19,000

2012-13

250

20,000

2013-14

280

21,000

2014-15

280

23,000

2015-16

250

22,000

2016-17

240

21,000

2017-18

240

22,000

2018-19

260

22,000

2019-20

280

22,000

Comparable figures prior to 2008-09 are not held.

The estimated cost to the Exchequer of SED from 2012-13 to 2019-20 and the estimated number of qualifying claimants for SED from 2017-18 to 2018-19 was published in HMRC’s non-structural tax relief statistics, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/main-tax-expenditures-and-structural-reliefs.

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