Home counties top income tax tables - but where's London?

Here are the UK’s income tax hot-spots

Esher Surrey Olympics 2012 cycling

Esher, Surrey, during the 2012 Olympics

Though the price tags on London properties may have you thinking that occupants may also pay the highest levels of income tax, this is decidedly not the case.

Instead, a clutch of home counties constituencies put London (as a whole) down at number 22 in a top 30 income tax constituencies dominated by areas in the commuter belt surrounding the capital.

Residents of the Surrey town of Esher have the largest income tax bills in the UK, with a few famous names boosting the coffers. Frank Lampard, Gary Lineker, Mick Hucknall and Chris Tarrant are among the highest tax payers for the constituency, where bills average £16,900, up from £15,700 the year before.

The national average is £4,363.

The research, by UHY Hacker and Young, shows that just one of the top ten constituencies is outside the south east; Tatton in Cheshire, which is chancellor George Osborne’s constituency and home to Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand and Andy Cole.

The other top income tax constituencies making up the top five are: Chesham and Amersham, Windsor, Beaconsfield and Dorking & Leatherhead.

UHY Hacker and Young head of private client services Mark Giddens said: “The combination of a relatively high density of high earning celebrities and easy transport links to the City of London for those working in financial services, mean that many parliamentary constituencies across the South East, and Esher in particular, are a real hotspot for the taxman.

“With the tax rate at 45% for the highest earners, pockets are clearly being created – mainly, but not solely, around the capital – where income tax bills are far outstripping the national average.

“In an election year, this could well be a delicate area for political candidates in those areas to navigate. Whether residents of Esher will relish the title of most highly income–taxed area of Britain is doubtful.”

Here is the top 30:


AreaAverage Income Tax 2012/13 (£)
1Esher and Walton (Surrey)£16,900£59,600
2Chesham and Amersham (Bucks)£13,200£51,600
3Windsor (Berks)£12,300£49,000
4Beaconsfield (Bucks)£12,300£49,300
5Mole Valley (Surrey: Dorking & Leatherhead)£12,200£49,700
6South West Surrey (Farnham, Godalming)£11,600£48,000
7Runnymede and Weybridge (Surrey: Chertsey, Egham and Weybridge)£11,200£46,200
8Hitchin and Harpenden (Herts)£11,200£47,500
9Sevenoaks (Kent)£11,000£45,400
10Tatton (Cheshire: Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Knutsford)£10,500£43,800
11South West Hertfordshire (Chorleywood, Tring, Berkhamstead)£10,300£44,400
12Maidenhead (Berks)£9,770£43,900
13Epping Forest (Essex: Waltham Abbey, Epping,  Chigwell)£9,650£42,600
14Reigate (Surrey)£9,590£43,100
15Brentwood and Ongar (Essex)£9,510£42,200
16Henley (Oxfordshire)£9,510£42,300
17East Surrey (Caterham, Oxted, Godstone)£9,500£42,100
18Saffron Walden (Essex)£9,380£41,600
19St Albans (Herts)£9,310£42,400
20Guildford (Surrey)£9,300£42,400
21Tunbridge Wells (Kent)£9,300£41,700
23North East Hampshire (Fleet, Hook)£8,890£41,100
24Tonbridge and Malling (Kent)£8,760£40,100
25Hertsmere (Hertfordshire: Elstree, Potters Bar, Bushey)£8,690£40,400
26Aberdeen South£8,610£40,000
27Woking (Surrey)£8,610£39,900
28Altrincham and Sale West (Greater Manchester)£8,600£40,400
29Wealden (East Sussex: Crowborough, Uckfield, Hailsham)£8,570£38,900
30West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Braemar, Stonehaven)£8,310£40,300
 UK average£4,363£27,445

Source: UHY Hacker and Young, fourth column denotes total income tax

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