Taxpayers in Esher pay the highest income tax bills of any parliamentary constituency in the country at almost four times the national average, and up by 8% this year, according to analysis by UHY Hacker Young
The firm’s study shows average tax bills per income taxpayer in the Surrey town were £16,900 last year, up from £15,700 the year before.
UHY Hacker Young says its top ranking is helped by the prevalence of well-known sporting and entertainment names who live there and its commuter links to the City of London, with Frank Lampard, Gary Lineker, Mick Hucknall and Chris Tarrant all making it their home town.
According to the research, the national average income tax bill is £4,363. London as a whole comes in at number 22 in a Top 30 dominated by home-counties commuter-belt areas.
After Esher, the next four highest income tax paying areas are: Chesham and Amersham, Windsor, Beaconsfield and Dorking & Leatherhead, all of which are within an hour’s commute of the capital.
Mark Giddens, UHY Hacker Young head of private client services in London, said: ‘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.’
Just one of the top 10 highest income-taxed constituencies is not in the South East: Tatton in Cheshire – covering Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Knutsford – which is also home to celebrity football players and actors. The average income tax bill here is £10,500.
Bottom of the table is Stoke-on-Trent Central, whose residents pay average income tax bills of £2,100 – eight times lower than those in Esher and less than half the national average.