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Friday, November 22, 2013

UK moves up 2 notches in tax competitiveness

The UK is climbing the ranks of the most business-friendly tax regimes in the world, behind only three other countries in the western world. Only Ireland, Canada and Denmark beat the UK in Europe and North America, and the UK comes 14th overall, in a table of 189 tax jurisdictions worldwide. According to the newest report from PwC and the World Bank called "Paying Taxes 2014 – The global picture", the British tax system has climbed two places in the last year, surpassing Luxembourg.

On average, UK firms pay 34 per cent of their commercial profit in tax, taking 110 hours per year, and balanced across eight payments. The world average in each case is higher: internationally, companies pay 43.1 per cent of their tax in profits, spread over 26.7 payments, taking 268 hours. In the nine years that the report has been conducted, the amount of tax that firms pay is down nine percentage points on average, the number of hours taken down by 55, and the number of payments lower by seven.