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Taxation (Great Britain And Germany)

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 15 June 1922

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the estimated amount of taxation per head, including rates, which will be payable by the inhabitants of Great Britain during the current financial year; what was the corresponding amount during the financial years 1913–14 and 1919–20; what is the average amount of taxation, Imperial, State, and municipal, in Germany, in marks, in the same three financial years; and what is the equivalent in sterling, converted at the present rate of exchange and at the rate of exchange which represents the ratio between the level of wholesale prices in both countries?

As the answer contains a large number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

Taxation per head.

Great Britain.£££
National Taxation3·722·517·1
Local Taxation1·92·8*
(Federal Taxation)31·3140·01.600

*England and Wales.

The sterling equivalent of the taxation per head in Germany in 1922–23 at the present rate of exchange (1,430 marks to £1) would be £1 2s. 6d. On the basis of relative wholesale prices in Germany (6,355) and Great Britain (164·1). In April, 1922, the sterling equivalent would be £2 0s. 5d.

This answer deals with Federal taxation only in Germany.

Particulars of State and Local taxation in Germany are not available.