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Britain’s top tax towns

Accountants at UHY Hacker Young have ranked Britain’s towns in order of how much income tax they pay per person every year, the average being £4,985. The top ten is largely dominated by commuter towns in the south east of England, part of the so-called “stock broker belt”, with London only scraping in at number 14. The bottom end of the table is mostly comprised of towns in the Midlands and Lancashire. But which pays back the most and which the least?

The town that pays the most tax per resident is Elmbridge, the “Beverly Hills of Surrey”. Elmbridge counts Elton John and Wimbledon tennis champ Andy Murray among its residents, who pay out a whopping £16,600 every year into the taxman’s coffers. Four other Surrey towns also made it into the top ten, along with scenic South Buckinghamshire, the Chilterns, Windsor and Maidenhead, Sevenoaks and St Albans.

At the bottom end of the table, the town that paid the least income tax per resident per year was the iconic Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool. The average Blackpool resident hands back £2,290 to the taxman a year, £14,310 less than their Elmbridge counterparts.

Top 10

Elmbridge, Surrey £16,600
South Buckinghamshire £13,600
The Chilterns, Oxfordshire £12,700
Sevenoaks, Kent £11,600
Waverley, Surrey £11,500
St Albans, Hertfordshire £11,400
Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire £11,100
Guildford, Surrey £10,200
Tandridge, Surrey £10,100
Mole Valley, Surrey £9,470
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