David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
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New tax bills for six million people in UK

Nearly six million people in the UK have paid the wrong amount of tax.

About £2bn was underpaid via the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) system in the past two years, with about 1.4 million people owing an average of £1,500 each.

But £1.8bn has also been overpaid and some 4.3 million people will get a rebate because they have paid too much.

A new computer system has allowed more discrepancies to be identified, but HM Revenue and Customs said the "vast majority" of tax bills were correct.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, says those who have underpaid will be given time to pay.

  • 04 Sep 2010
  • From the section UK
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