Ipswich: Gummer’s joy as government accepts tax statements

IPSWICH MP Ben Gummer was celebrating today as it emerged that the government had accepted his proposal for personal statements for every taxpayer in the country.

Most people will receive personal tax statements with their notice of tax coding from 2014.

The statements will tell them how much they pay in tax – and how much of their money the government spends on every service.

Mr Gummer came up with the idea and proposed it in a 10-minute rule bill in the House of Commons earlier this year.

Now it has been adopted by the Treasury, and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is due to announce it in the budget speech.

Mr Gummer said: “I am very pleased about this. It is right that people should know how much they are paying in tax and what it is being spent on.

“Of course I am happy that my idea has been adopted – it shows that the government is listening to Parliament. That is a big difference with this government – it pays attention to what is being said at Westminster.”

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Mr Gummer hoped that the tax statements would give all the parties ammunition at the next general election.

He said: “Everyone will be able to tell voters what they will be paying and where their money will go. It should make elections more interesting.”

And he was confident it would not be too expensive or bureaucratic: “I’m told by people in the private sector that already provide statements for people that it should not be difficult to collate this information and send it out with notices of coding.”

About 20 million income tax payers should receive the statements in 2014 and a further nine million – whose addresses are not clear to HM Revenue and Customs – should receive them in future years.