Taxation (International Comparison).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1931.

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Photo of Mr Edward Williams Mr Edward Williams , Ogmore

64.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of taxation per head, expressed in sterling, for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, respectively, for the year 1913–14 and for each year from 1921 to date?

Photo of Mr Philip Snowden Mr Philip Snowden , Colne Valley

With the hon. Member's permission I will circulate a tabular statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Edward Wise Mr Edward Wise , Leicester East

In circulating the figures will the right hon. Gentleman—[Interruption].

HON. MEMBERS:

Order!

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

We should get on much more quickly if hon. Gentlemen did not make so much noise. Mr. Wise!

Photo of Mr Edward Wise Mr Edward Wise , Leicester East

In preparing the figures, will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to give, if possible, the comparative taxation at various incomes so as to get comparable figures rather than a general average?

Photo of Mr Philip Snowden Mr Philip Snowden , Colne Valley

The tabular statement which I shall circulate is a full reply to the question on the Paper.

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Lincoln

Does it include local and provincial taxes as well as national taxes?

TAXATION IN STERLING.
U.K.France.Germany.Italy.U.S.A.
£s.d.£s.d.£s.d.£s.d.£s.d.
1913 or 1913–143114370110822811711
1921 or 1921–2218110845*390890
1922 or 1922–231781†8113*3910695
1923 or 1923–241625†6182*314116911
1924 or 1924–251590†71876533151646
1925 or 1925–261528†617056113102627
1926 or 1926–2714118†51975112329636
1927 or 1927–281563†8185611346151610
1928 or 1928–291508†91126191141155143
1929 or 1929–30141510†97177104825138
1930 or 1930–311566†101871706130635
1931 or 1931–32Original
151211†10027054975182
Revised
151711†
In the case of Germany and the U.S.A. the figures refer only to Federal taxes, and local taxation is excluded in all cases. For this and other reasons the figures are not strictly comparable.
* Owing to the depreciation of the paper mark the annual returns of revenue in the years 1921–23 are of no statistical value.
† Excluding Irish Free State.