Legal and Accounting Businesses Contribute £15.5bn in Taxes for UK Treasury
Legal and accountancy firms generated £15.5bn in tax in 2015/16, according to a report prepared by the PwC for TheCityUK, the lobby group for financial and related services industry in the UK.The total amount of £15.5bn was comprised of £6.4bn in taxes immediately borne by businesses, and £9.1bn in taxes the businesses collected on behalf of the tax authority in the UK. The amount of £15.5bn represents 2.5% of the total tax receipts in the UK for the period ended June 30, 2016.
According to the research by PwC, the legal and accounting sector collectively employed 693,000 individuals in various job roles all across the UK.
Almost one fourth (23%) of the European Union employees in the sector are in the United Kingdom, and TheCityUK has said that the report highlights Britain’s position as the premier employer in the legal and accounting services sector. The UK is followed by Germany which represents 21% of the total EU employees in the sector, while France and Spain represent 10% and 8% respectively.
According to study, we have come to know that in 2016, there were approximately 60,500 accounting and legal businesses all across the UK and firms where the number of employees is fewer than 99 make up 99% of the total firms.
The experts are of the opinion that if the amount of £15.5bn is added together with the tax contributed by the financial services sector, estimated to be £71.4bn in 2015/16, then the tax contributed in total by the financial, legal and accounting services sector in the UK is £87bn.
The Chief Executive of TheCityUK, Miles Celic, said that UK is the premier global centre for accounting and legal expertise and it is important that we not only look to maintain it but also make efforts to help it to grow even further as we are move through Brexit and beyond.Miles Celic further said that this expertise is not just located in London but its presence can be felt all across the UK, with centres of excellence, including Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester are adding value to the UK economy. These are the areas we expect to show the most growth in the year to come as we move through Brexit and beyond.