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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telephone calls HM Revenue and Customs has made chasing up self-assessment tax returns; how many staff are involved in such activity; at what cost; whether it is normal practice for calls to be made on a Sunday; how many people called had already returned their forms; and what system is used to inform telephonists of whether a tax payer has returned their tax return. 
Dawn Primarolo: In the run up to the self- assessment deadline on 31 January 2007, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ran a telephone campaign to help self-assessment customers comply with their statutory obligations and avoid penalties and interest charges.
853,158 customers were selected to receive an enabling telephone call to remind them that 31 January 2007 was the deadline for returning their 2005-06 self- assessment tax return and paying any money due.
Data extracts taken from the self-assessment computer system just before the campaign started and some further data extracts taken during the campaign, were used to identify the customers to be telephoned.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, columns 344-45W, on self-employed taxpayers, what proportion of self-employed taxpayers' tax returns for 2004-05 in (a) the south east and (b) the UK were investigated. 
Dawn Primarolo: Inquiries into the 2004-05 tax returns of self-employed taxpayers would have commenced during the 2005-06 tax year. Details of the national targets and achievements are contained in the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report for 2005-06.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Ombudsman in her report Tax Credits: Putting Things Right (June 2005); whether the Government have (a) accepted and (b) implemented each recommendation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the levels of (a) fraud, (b) customer error and (c) official error relating to tax credits in each year since 2001 in (i) percentage terms and (ii) cash terms; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the Comptroller and Auditor General's Standard Report on the Accounts of the Inland Revenue 2002-03 available at www.nao.org.uk and to the Child and Working Tax Credits, Error and Fraud Statistics 2003-04 available at www.hmrc.qov.uk. Estimates for future years will be published annually.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct Mr. Richard Summersgill, director of the Tax Credit Office, to take telephone calls from hon. and right hon. Members, and to respond personally to their letters. 
Correspondence about constituents tax credits affairs are normally dealt with by technical experts who are best suited to deal with individual cases based in Liverpool, Belfast or Preston who usually respond directly to hon. Members.
Dawn Primarolo: For the number of calls answered by the Tax Credit Office MP Hotline up to the end of 2005 I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the hon. Member for St. Albans (Anne Main) on 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 348W. The MP hotline answered around 17,000 calls in 2006. Figures for January 2007 are not yet available.
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates for 2003-04 and 2004-05 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, including information on overpayments and underpayments by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 2003-04 and 2004-05 are published in Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2003-04 Geographical Analysis and the Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2004-05 Geographical Analysis. These publications and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families by constituency with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 2005-06 are available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Betts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on recovering tax credit overpayments from individuals and households who are no longer in receipt of credits when the overpayment is identified; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost is of filling out a tax return; and what estimate he has made of (a) how many people pay accountants to do this for them and (b) how much they pay for this service. 
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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who submitted tax returns in the last period for which figures are available earned (a) under £20,000, (b) under £32,500, (c) under £50,000, (d) under £75,000, (e) under £100,000, (f) under £150,000 and (g) over £250,000. 
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1. These estimates are from the Survey of Personal Incomes 2004-05 and are the latest available.
2. Earned income is defined as income from employment, self-employment and pensions.
3. Numbers are given to three significant figures and may not sum to the total due to rounding.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time was between the receipt of a tax return and the commencement of an
HM Revenue and Customs inquiry in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs does not keep a separate record of the time between the receipt of a return and the commencement of an inquiry. It would be disproportionately expensive to recover it.
Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of UK carousel VAT fraud in (a) 2006-07 and (b) the most recent two previous years for which data are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC published annual estimates of the level of MTIC fraud alongside PBR 2006 in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2006, which is available from the House of Commons Library or from the HMRC website.