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Taxpayers (Statistics)

Volume 13: debated on Friday 27 November 1981

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the number of surtax payers or higher-rate taxpayers for each year since 1945; and if he will also present this data as a percentage of all taxpayers.

[pursuant to his reply, 26 November 1981, c. 430]: Estimates of the number of surtax payers from 1945–46 to 1972–73 and higher rate taxpayers from 1973–74, and the percentage of all personal income taxpayers that these numbers represent, are as follows:

Thousands
YearNumber of Surtax Payers*Percentage of all Taxpayers
1945–461631·1
1946–471871·3
1947–482061·4
1948–492181·5
1949–502301·5
1950–512451·6
1951–522601·6
1952–532701·8
1953–542881·8
1954–553151·9
1955–563422·1
1956–573311·9
1957–583602·1
1958–593932·2
1959–604312·3
1960–614612·4
1961–622851·4
1962–633041·5
1963–643161·8
1964–653601·9
1965–664202·2
1966–674022·0
1967–684522·3
1968–694742·3
1969–703751·8
1970–714032·0
1971–723451·8
1972–733702·0

Year

Number of Higher Rate Taxpayers

Percentage of All Taxpayers

1973–743922·0
1974–757523·7
1975–761,2405·9
1976–771,4306·7
1977–781,0605·1
1978–797633·5
1979–806703·1
1980–817603·6
1981–821,0004·6

* Married couples counted as one.

Provisional.