The coalition of seven political groups yesterday urged the return of $16.7 billion of last year's taxes to help stimulate consumption. Liberal Party vice-chairman and coalition convenor Ronald Arculli said delegates recommended that 20 cents in every dollar of taxes collected for the 1996-97 financial year be returned. 'The Government has abundant fiscal reserves and is financially capable of returning part of the tax,' he said. He said if this was returned, there still would be a budget surplus of $8.8 billion for 1996-97. Revenue of $83.9 billion helped generate a surplus of $25.6 billion. Democratic Party vice-chairman Dr Yeung Sum said: 'The overall advantage is to return money to people's pockets. 'This will help ease the credit crunch as the sum will either be spent or injected into the banking system.' Christine Loh Kung-wai of the Citizens Party said: 'I found the proposal feasible. It also does not violate the principle of prudent financial management.' The coalition originally urged the Government to return provisional tax, but it found this might present technical difficulties. The coalition, which includes six non-affiliated legislators-elect, has 48 votes in the new legislature.