House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many taxpayers were in each tax band above the basic rate of income tax in each of the past five financial years; and what was the corresponding tax rate for each of those bands in each year.

Photo of Lord Deighton Lord Deighton The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The estimate of the number of taxpayers liable above the basic rate of income tax is published in the HMRC National Statistics publications at table 2.1 which is available from the following address:

These estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes (SPI) outturn data up to 2011-12, and then projected to 2013-14 in line with the Office for Budget Responsibility's December 2013 economic and fiscal outlook.

Table 1: Income tax band rates for earnings above the basic rate:
Tax Year Higher rate Additional Rate
2009-10 40% N/A
2010-11 40% 50%
2011-12 40% 50%
2012-13 40% 50%
2013-14 40% 45%

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