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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