Almost 70,000 individuals used non-domicile standing to trim their tax payments, based on contemporary figures from HM Income & Customs.
Within the tax 12 months to 2021, 68,300 individuals used the profit, in contrast with a pre-Covid determine of 76,500. The pandemic was cited because the doubtless purpose for the decline.
The info come amid heightened curiosity within the tax break after revelations about the way it has been utilized by main politicians and their households.
Conservative management hopeful Rishi Sunak’s spouse, Akshata Murty, used the standing whereas resident in Downing Avenue when her husband was chancellor, The Unbiased revealed in April. Ms Murty subsequently dedicated to cease utilizing the standing.
One other former chancellor, Sajid Javid, used an offshore belief to perpetuate the advantages of non-dom standing whereas an MP and dealing within the Treasury as a ministerial aide, The Unbiased reported earlier this month.
Arun Advani, affiliate professor on the College of Warwick, stated in response to the figures: “It is a reminder that, whereas the non-dom regime is alien to most individuals, use of this tax break is widespread among the many wealthiest.
“The most recent figures present using this tax perk has continued to stay excessive, persevering with to value the Treasury cash throughout a value of dwelling disaster.”
Utilizing so-called non-dom standing permits people to not pay tax on their worldwide revenue, not like different strange taxpayers, who should pay revenue tax on any revenue whether or not earned at dwelling or abroad.
It may be claimed on a remittance foundation on a person’s tax return and is expensive to retain over time. An individual should pay £30,000 a 12 months if they’ve lived within the UK in at the very least seven of the earlier 9 tax years, rising to £60,000 if within the nation for at the very least 12 of the earlier 14 tax years.
Non-doms are capable of reside within the UK for 12 months a 12 months, although there are presupposed to be limits on how lengthy they will use the standing to chop their tax payments. The standing must be used on a tax return provided that a person has been dwelling within the UK for fewer than 15 of the previous 20 years.
Nonetheless, creating offshore trusts, typically primarily based in tax havens, can enable people to perpetuate a number of the tax advantages that include utilizing non-dom standing.
There is no such thing as a clear proof of how a lot the tax profit prices or advantages the entire tax gathered by the UK.
A brand new evaluation from the London College of Economics and the College of Warwick reveals that one in seven billionaires on the 2020 Sunday Instances Wealthy Checklist (STRL) is unlikely to be resident within the UK for tax functions.
Nonetheless, of these on the STRL who do reside full-time within the UK, shut to 1 third, 28 per cent (251 individuals), are prone to be non-dom. That compares with 0.1 per cent of the broader UK inhabitants.
Andy Summers, affiliate professor on the London College of Economics Inequalities Institute, stated: “Round half of billionaires have important ties overseas. However these decrease down the listing look like extra rooted within the UK, with just one in 5 dwelling or coming from abroad.”
One in seven billionaires, 14 per cent, reside in zero or low-tax jurisdictions, based on the examine. Standard areas embrace Monaco, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and The Bahamas.
Hannah Tarrant, analysis officer on the LSE Inequalities Institute, stated: “Although many personal substantial wealth within the UK, it’s hanging to see that one in seven of the billionaires lives in a tax haven.”