Sources for 'How Long do you Work for the Tax Man?'

January 19, 2011 12:10 PM

All figures correct at 9th March 2010

1.    GDP at basic prices (GDP minus indirect taxes) http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/oie1109.pdf

2.    Hours of work http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Social-Trends40/ST40_Ch04.pdf

3.    Median earnings (for 2008-09, so they have been uprated by 2 percent) http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=15313

4.    Tax status http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/it.htm

5.    Employee national insurance rates http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/nic.htm

6.    Spending on VAT http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Taxes-Benefits-2007-2008/Taxes_benefits_0708.pdf

7.    Motoring taxes fuel duties of £28bn plus VED of £6.1bn equals a total of £34.1bn, equivalent to 2.6% of the working day = 13 mins

8.    Council tax rates http://www.upmystreet.com/local/council-tax-in-london.html

9.    Sin taxes duties on alcohol, tobacco, and betting total £19.4bn, equivalent to 1.5% of the working day = 7 mins

10.    Employers' NI is charged at 12.8% of our worker's pay above the NI threshold, so that's effectively another 10% of his working day going to pay tax, or 50 minutes. So he spends the next 50 minutes paying his employers’ NI

11.    Business taxes http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Taxes-Benefits-2007-2008/Taxes_benefits_0708.pdf All figures correct at 9th March 2010

1.    GDP at basic prices (GDP minus indirect taxes) http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/oie1109.pdf

2.    Hours of work http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Social-Trends40/ST40_Ch04.pdf

3.    Median earnings (for 2008-09, so they have been uprated by 2 percent) http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=15313

4.    Tax status http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/it.htm

5.    Employee national insurance rates http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/nic.htm

6.    Spending on VAT http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Taxes-Benefits-2007-2008/Taxes_benefits_0708.pdf

7.    Motoring taxes fuel duties of £28bn plus VED of £6.1bn equals a total of £34.1bn, equivalent to 2.6% of the working day = 13 mins

8.    Council tax rates http://www.upmystreet.com/local/council-tax-in-london.html

9.    Sin taxes duties on alcohol, tobacco, and betting total £19.4bn, equivalent to 1.5% of the working day = 7 mins

10.    Employers' NI is charged at 12.8% of our worker's pay above the NI threshold, so that's effectively another 10% of his working day going to pay tax, or 50 minutes. So he spends the next 50 minutes paying his employers’ NI

11.    Business taxes http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Taxes-Benefits-2007-2008/Taxes_benefits_0708.pdf

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