Poorest ten per cent of workers in Britain pay half their income in taxes

The 2.7million lowest earners pay the biggest proportion to HMRC.

The Office for National Statistics data yesterday led campaigners to warn the PM not to target taxpayers to fund her £20billion NHS cash injection announced this week.

They called on Theresa May to divert money from Britain’s £14billion-a-year foreign aid budget instead.

In 2016/17 the poorest typically earned £11,584 but paid £5,729 taxes — 49.5 per cent of their income.

It was 42 per cent the year before. Council tax and VAT made up 43 per cent of the poorest’s tax burden.

Nearly £2,000 went in income tax, National Insurance and council tax, with the rest in taxes such as VAT, road and booze duties.

TaxPayers’ Alliance boss John O’Connell said: “Taxes tend to hit the poorest hardest.”

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