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Tax And National Insurance

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the average sums paid in income tax and in national insurance contributions in 1989; and the comparable figures for 1979.

The information is as follows:

Amount paid in income tax and national insurance contributions on average earnings
Amount paid in income tax1 and NIC on average earnings2Percentage of average earnings2 paid in income tax earnings and NIC
Single person29.2531.5
Married man25.7627.8
Single person80.3128.7
Married man72.6726.0
1 Assuming that the only allowances available against income tax are the single persons and married man's/married couple's allowances as appropriate.
2 Average earnings are for full time adult males in all occupations. In 1978–79 they were £92.8 per week; in 1989–90 they are assumed to be £280.0 per week in line with the assumptions in paragraph

3.02 of the 1989 Autumn Statement.

3 Figures are derived from the financial year average NIC Class 1 paid in 1989–90.