UK high corporate tax status a ‘myth’

THE UK has the second lowest corporate tax burdens in the G8, research has shown.

A study by UHY Hacker Young, released today, shows that only Russia imposes lighter corporation tax on businesses. It also has the lowest business tax burden among the major European economies, with only Estonia, Romania, Ireland and occasionally the Netherlands imposing lower rates.

The research looked at how much tax is paid by businesses with pre-tax profits of $100,000, $1m and $100m. The UK had the 16th highest burden out of 21 countries for $100,000 profit, 14th for $1m profit and 12th for $100m profit.

Roy Maugham, tax partner at UHY Hacker Young, said: “The perception that the UK is a high tax jurisdiction for business is now something of a myth. There has been a lot of discussion about UK-resident businesses moving overseas – and this has happened – but the reality is that the UK is a considerably more welcoming business environment than most other major economies.

“The UK now has a competitive advantage which most businesses would like the Government to build on further.”

It was surprising that the US and Japan impose higher corporate taxes on many businesses than France and Germany, which are traditionally seen as high tax economies, he added.

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