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TAXES MANAGEMENT ACT 1970

UK Public General Acts

Version as enacted

1970 CHAPTER 9


  • Part I. Administration
  • Part II. Returns of Income and Gains
    • Income tax
    • Corporation tax
    • Capital gains
  • Part III. Other Returns and Information
    • Production of accounts, books and other information
    • Surtax
    • Chargeable gains
  • Part IV. Assessment and Claims
    • Relief for excessive assessments
    • Time limits
    • Claims
  • Part V. Appeals and Other Proceedings
    • Jurisdiction
    • Proceedings before Commissioners
    • Chargeable gains
    • Northern Ireland
  • Part VI. Collection and Recovery
    • Distraint and poinding
    • Court proceedings
    • Supplemental
  • Part VII. Persons Chargeable in a Representative Capacity, etc.
    • Income tax
    • Capital gains tax
  • Part VIII. Charges on Non-Residents
    • Income tax
    • Capital gains tax
    • Corporation tax
  • Part IX. Interest on Overdue Tax
  • Part X. Penalties, etc.
    • Scotland
  • Part XI. Miscellaneous and SupplementalCompanies
    • Valuation
    • Documents
    • Northern Ireland
    • Interpretation
  • Part XII. General
  • Version as enacted

Introductory Text

Taxes Management Act 1970

1970 CHAPTER 9

An Act to consolidate certain of the enactments relating to income tax, capital gains tax and corporation tax, including certain enactments relating also to other taxes.

[12th March 1970]

Be it enactedby the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Part I
Administration



1 Taxes under care and management of the Board

(1) Income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax shall be under the care and management of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue (in this Act referred to as " the Board ") , and the definition of " inland revenue " in section 39 of the Inland Revenue Regulation Act 1890 shall have effect accordingly.

(2) The Board shall appoint inspectors and collectors of taxes who shall act under the direction of the Board.

(3) Any legal proceedings or administrative act relating to any tax begun by one inspector or collector may be continued by another inspector or, as the case may be, another collector; and any inspector or collector may act for any division or other area.

2 General Commissioners

(1) For the purpose of exercising such powers relating to appeals and other matters as are conferred on them by the Taxes Acts there shall be " Commissioners for the general purposes of the income tax " (in the Taxes Acts referred to as " General Commissioners ") who shall act for the same separate areas in Great Britain as heretofore (in the Taxes Acts referred to as "divisions ").

(2) General Commissioners for divisions in England and Wales shall be appointed by, and shall hold office during the pleasure of, the Lord Chancellor.

(3) General Commissioners for divisions in Scotland shall be appointed by, and shall hold office during the pleasure of, the appropriate local authority, but any such General Commissioner shall not be dismissed except with the consent in writing of the Lord President of the Court of Session. For the purposes of this subsection the appropriate local authority is—

(a) in the case of a division wholly within a county or a county of a city, the county council or the town council of the county of the city, as the case may be, and
(b) in the case of any other division, such county council or town council of a county of a city as the Secretary of State may from time to time determine,
and any appointments under this subsection shall be made at the request of the Board.
(4) In Scotland a sheriff shall be ex officio a General Commissioner for any division wholly or partly within his sheriffdom and a salaried sheriff-substitute shall be ex officio a General Commissioner for any division wholly or partly within his district.

(5) General Commissioners shall be entitled to receive out of moneys provided by Parliament payments by way of travelling allowance or subsistence allowance of such amounts and in such circumstances as may be determined by the Treasury.

(6) The Lord Chancellor or, in Scotland, the Secretary of State may by order create a new division or abolish an existing division or alter in any other respect the divisions or their boundaries ; and any such order may contain such consequential and transitional provisions as the Lord Chancellor or the Secretary of State, as the case may be, thinks fit and may be revoked or varied by a subsequent order under this subsection. Subject to the preceding provisions of this subsection, the areas of the divisions shall be the same as immediately before the passing of this Act.

(7) A General Commissioner shall not continue in office after he attains the age of seventy-five years.

(8) The validity of any proceedings of General Commissioners shall not be affected by a defect in the appointment of any of them, or by a failure to observe the requirements of the last preceding subsection.

3 Clerk to General Commissioners

(1) The General Commissioners for every division shall appoint a clerk and, if they think it necessary, an assistant clerk, and persons appointed under this subsection shall hold office during the pleasure of the Commissioners and act under their direction.

(2) A clerk shall be paid such remuneration in respect of his services as the Board may with the consent of the Minister for the Civil Service determine.

(3) The Board may, in such cases as they may in their discretion determine, pay to or in respect of any full-time clerk such pension or gratuity, or make such provision for the payment of pension or gratuity to or in respect of any full-time clerk, as they may with the consent of the Minister for the Civil Service determine. In this subsection " full-time clerk " means a clerk as regards whom the Board are satisfied that he is required to devote substantially the whole of his time to the duties of his office.

(4) Without prejudice to the power of any General Commissioners to dismiss their clerk or assistant clerk, the Lord Chancellor or, in Scotland, the Secretary of State may, after consulting the General Commissioners for any division, dismiss their clerk or assistant clerk.

(5) A clerk or assistant clerk shall not continue in office after he has attained the age of seventy years unless the General Commissioners for whom he acts think it desirable in the public interest and extend his term of office; and the term shall not be extended beyond the age of seventy-five years.

4 Special Commissioners

(1) Such persons as the Treasury may by warrant from time to time appoint shall be " Commissioners for the special purposes of the Income Tax Acts " (in the Taxes Acts referred to as " Special Commissioners ") , and shall, by virtue of their appointment, and without other qualification, have authority to execute such powers, and to perform such duties, as are assigned to them by the Taxes Acts.

(2) The Treasury shall cause an account of all appointments of Special Commissioners with salaries to be laid before Parliament within twenty days of their appointment, or, if Parliament be not then sitting, within twenty days after the next meeting of Parliament.

(3) Special Commissioners shall be allowed such sums in respect of salary and incidental expenses as the Minister for the Civil Service directs.

5 General and Special Commissioners

(1) No General Commissioner or Special Commissioner shall act as such in relation to any matter in which he has a personal interest, or is interested on behalf of another person, except with the express consent of the parties to the proceedings.

(2) Every General Commissioner or Special Commissioner shall be discharged from serving on juries in the county wherein he dwells:

Provided that this subsection shall not affect section 2(1) of the Juries Act 1922 (persons named in the jurors' book to serve notwithstanding that they might have claimed exemption).

6 Declarations on taking office

(1) Every person who is appointed to be—

(a) a General Commissioner or a Special Commissioner, or
(b) a member of the Board of Referees appointed under section 26(7) of the Capital Allowances Act 1968, or
(c) a member of the tribunal established under section 463 of the principal Act (cancellation of tax advantages) ,
shall make a declaration in the form set out in Part I of Schedule 1 to this Act before another person holding the same office, or before a General Commissioner.
(2) Every person who is appointed to be a clerk or assistant clerk to the General Commissioners for any division, or who assists any such clerk, shall make a declaration in the form set out in Part I of Schedule 1 to this Act. A clerk or assistant clerk shall make the declaration before a General Commissioner for the division, and a person who assists any such clerk shall make the declaration before such a General Commissioner or the clerk.

(3) Every person who is appointed to be a member of the Board shall make a declaration in the form set out in Part II of Schedule 1 to this Act before another member of the Board.

(4) Every person who is appointed an inspector or collector, or who is appointed by the Board to serve in any other capacity, shall make a declaration in the form set out in Part III of Schedule 1 to this Act before such person as the Board may direct.

(5) A declaration under this section shall be made as soon as may be after first appointment to the office in question.

Part II
Returns of Income and Gains



Income tax


7 Notice of liability to tax

(1) Every person who is chargeable to income tax for any year of assessment and who has not delivered a return of his profits or gains or his total income for that year in accordance with the provisions of the Income Tax Acts shall, not later than one year after the end of that year of assessment, give notice that he is so chargeable.

(2) A notice under this section shall be given to the inspector or, in the case of an individual who is not chargeable to income tax other than surtax, either to the inspector or to the Board.

(3) If any person fails to give a notice which he is required to give under this section he shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding £100.

8 Return of income

(1) Any person may be required by a notice given to him by an inspector or other officer of the Board to deliver to the officer within the time limited by the notice a return of his income, computed in accordance with the Income Tax Acts and specifying each separate source of income and the amount from each source.

(2) Any person may be required by a notice given to him by an inspector or other officer of the Board to deliver to the officer within the time limited by the notice a return of income which is not his income, but in respect of which he is chargeable in any capacity specified in the notice, computed in accordance with the Income Tax Acts and specifying each separate source of income and the amount from each source.

(3) A notice under this section may require a return of income for a specified year of assessment, or a return which is, so far as relates to certain sources of income, a return of income for one year of assessment, and, so far as relates to the remaining sources of income, a return of income for the preceding year of assessment.

(4) So far as a notice under this section relates to income chargeable under Case I or Case II of Schedule D, or any other income which may be computed by reference to the profits or gains of a period which is not a year of assessment, the notice may require a return of profits or gains (computed in accordance with the Income Tax Acts) for a period for which accounts are made up or a period by reference to which income is to be computed.

(5) A notice under this section may require an individual to deliver a return of all his income computed in accordance with the provisions of the Income Tax Acts relating to surtax, or may require a return of his income which will afford the requisite information for computing his income both in accordance with the provisions of the Income Tax Acts relating to surtax and in accordance with the provisions of those Acts relating to tax at the standard rate.

(6) For the purpose of charging surtax a notice under this section may require a person liable to be charged to tax at the standard rate on the income of any incapacitated, deceased or non-resident person under Part VII or Part VIII of this Act to deliver a return of all the income of the incapacitated, deceased or non-resident person, computed in accordance with the provisions of the Income Tax Acts relating to surtax, and made to the best of his knowledge.

(7) Every return under this section shall include a declaration by the person making the return to the effect that the return is to the best of his knowledge correct and complete.

(8) In this section references to returns of income computed in accordance with the Income Tax Acts are references to returns which include, as well as all particulars relating to income from which tax has not been deducted, all particulars relating to income from which tax has been deducted before receipt, and relating to charges on income, which are required for computing total income for the purposes of the provisions of the Income Tax Acts relating to surtax or, as the case may require, to tax at the standard rate; and in this subsection the expression " charges on income " means amounts which fall to be deducted in computing total income for either or both of those purposes, or which would fall to be so deducted if the person to whose income the return relates were an individual.

9 Partnership return

(1) Where a trade or profession is carried on by two or more persons jointly, the precedent partner, that is to say, the partner who, being resident in the United Kingdom—

(a) is first named in the agreement of partnership, or
(b) if there is no agreement, is named singly, or with precedence to the other partners in the usual name of the firm, or
(c) is the precedent acting partner, if the person named with precedence is not an acting partner,
shall make and deliver a return under section 8 above of the profits or gains of the trade or profession, on behalf of himself and the other partners, and declare in the return the names and residences of the other partners.
(2) Where no partner is resident in the United Kingdom, the return shall be made and delivered by the agent, manager or factor of the firm resident in the United Kingdom.

(3) Any other partner may, if a return has been delivered as aforesaid, notify the fact that he is a partner together with his name and place of abode, without returning the amount of tax payable in respect of the partnership, but an inspector may, if he thinks fit, require from every partner a like return, and the like information and evidence, as he is entitled to require from the precedent partner.

(4) This section shall apply to income chargeable to income tax in accordance with section 155 of the principal Act (partnerships involving companies) , matters relevant only to corporation tax being omitted from the return, and the obligation to make and deliver the return being that of the individual partner or partners.

(5) Any return of the profits or gains of a partnership delivered under this section shall include, with respect to any disposal of partnership property during the year of assessment to which the return relates, the like particulars as if the partnership were chargeable under Case VII of Schedule D in respect of any gain accruing on the disposal.

Corporation tax


10 Notice of liability to corporation tax

(1) Every company which is chargeable to corporation tax for any accounting period and which has not made a return of its profits for that accounting period shall not later than one year after the end of that accounting period give notice to the inspector that it is so chargeable.

(2) If a company fails to give a notice which it is required to give under this section the company shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding £100.