24.6 C
New York
Saturday, July 2, 2022

UK rakes in record 75 billion pounds in City taxes amid Brexit warnings

UK rakes in record 75 billion pounds in City taxes amid Brexit warnings© Reuters. HSBC and Barclays’ buildings in Canary Wharf are seen behind a City of London sign outside Billingsgate Market in London

By Iain Withers

LONDON (Reuters) – Financial services firms in Britain paid a record 75 billion pounds ($95.5 billion) in taxes in the last financial year, but City bosses warned a chaotic Brexit could blow a hole in the industry’s tax receipts in future years.

The total tax haul in the year to the end of March was up 4 percent on the previous year’s 72.1 billion pounds, according to research from consultancy PwC and the City of London Corporation, the local government for the capital’s financial district.

The previous year’s tax take had also set a record.

The sector is Britain’s largest taxpayer, accounting for more than a tenth of all tax receipts.

The research comes amid warnings that a disorderly Brexit could lead to thousands of finance professionals and billions of pounds of assets shifting overseas from Britain.

Lawmakers are preparing for a crucial vote on a withdrawal agreement between Britain and the EU on December 11, with City firms concerned rejection of the deal could lead to political turmoil and Britain crashing out without agreed terms next March.

“With Brexit edging ever closer, it is more important than ever that the UK remains competitive to safeguard the sector’s employment and tax base,” said Catherine McGuinness, policy chair for the City.

“It is crucial that we avoid a no-deal Brexit that could jeopardize financial stability and drive activity away from the UK.”

A return to healthy profits at many of the country’s largest lenders after years of costly restructuring and fines for past misconduct after the financial crisis led to a surge in tax on earnings.

The industry’s corporation (company) tax bill jumped more than a fifth to 14.1 billion pounds in the financial year to March 2018. This was up from 11.6 billion pounds the previous year.

Of this figure, 1.8 billion pounds came from the bank surcharge on corporation tax – a levy targeted at City firms that banks have been lobbying to have dropped. Financial services firms paid more than a quarter (25.1 percent) of all British corporation tax receipts.

Employment taxes for the period stood at 32.9 billion pounds, the largest proportion of the sector’s tax bill.

Andrew Kail, head of financial services at PwC, said the research “reinforces the value of the sector” to the British economy.

“Its overall financial and social contribution to the economy and wider society needs to be fully appreciated,” he added.

($1 = 0.7858 pounds)

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Source: Investing.com

Related Articles

Stay Connected

11,297FansLike
12,893FollowersFollow
751FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

Popular Articles