Taxpayers in Horsham earn significantly more than those across the UK, according to newly-released figures from HMRC, which also show that the average income increased by over £7,000 in five years.
Data for 2015-16 shows that the average taxpayer in Horsham brought in £41,100 over the year, with some taxed on a combination of income from regular jobs, self-employment and pensions.
It means that the average total income for taxpayers in the area was 23% higher than the UK average of £33,400.
The HMRC data only includes those who pay income tax. As the tax-free personal allowance increased from £6,475 in 2010-11 to £10,600 five years later, an estimated 3,000 fewer workers were taxed in Horsham in 2015-16.
With fewer people on lower paid jobs included in HMRC’s most recent data, average earnings went up by £7,500 at the end of the five-year period.
Taxpayers in Horsham paid an average £7,960 in income tax over 2015-16.
With 77,000 people taxed in the area, it amounted to a total contribution of £613 million to government coffers.
The average income of taxpayers in Horsham was higher than across the South East, where the mean was £37,900.
The majority of taxable income came from paid employment. In addition, 8,000 people paid tax on money earned through self-employment, including those who work for themselves full-time or who run a business alongside a main job.
The London borough of Kensington and Chelsea had the UK’s highest average income, with 74,000 taxpayers making an average of £178,000.
In contrast, the lowest average income was in Blackpool, at £22,300.
Data at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-and-tax-by-borough-and-district-or-unitary-authority-2010-to-2011, https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-incomes-tables-312-to-315a-for-2015-to-2016