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The Towns That Pay The Most And Least Tax In Britain

Income tax payments cost the average British taxpayer £4,985 a year, but those who reside in the leafiest areas of the country pay three times this amount.

Research by accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young has found that taxpayers who live in the south-east of England make the biggest income tax contri­bution, with 28 of the top 30 regions located in the so-called stockbroker belt towns.

Residents of Elmbridge, in Surrey, which includes the towns of Esher, Walton on Thames and Weybridge, pay the most at £16,600 a year.

The region, nicknamed the "Beverly Hills of Britain", has several famous residents, including musician Elton John and tennis player Andy Murray.

In second place is South Buckin­gha­mshire, with its residents paying £13,600 on average, while Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, is in third place with tax take per person standing at £12,700.

Mark Giddens, of UHY Hacker Young, said the findings showed that Britain was becoming increasingly reliant on the south-east of England for tax revenue.

“The Government has gradually increased the tax burden on high earners since the credit crunch. Higher taxation of wealthy individuals in the South East has proven to be an effective means to boost tax receipts, but these numbers will not make pleasant reading for those affected,” said Mr Giddens.

At the other end of the tax league table, those who live in Blackpool pay the least income tax out of all the 401 regions at £2,290 a year with Hyndburn £2460.and Burnley  £2580. 

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