Men’s human rights are assaulted by the actions and inactions of the state in many areas, as we outlined in our 2015 general election manifesto. This happens despite men paying the majority of income tax collected in the country. Income tax is the largest single source of government revenues.
In August 2014 we published a piece revealing that in 2010/11, men paid £108 billion in income tax, women only £43.6 billion – 71.2% and 28.8% respectively. An income tax gender gap of £64.4 billion.
In June 2015 we published a piece revealing that men paid 72% of the income tax collected in the UK, and women 28%, in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Men paid £68 billion more income tax than women in 2011/12, £69 billion more in 2012/13.
I’ve just checked the latest official data available, which cover the tax year 2013/14. The relevant Excel spreadsheet is here, and it shows (rows 50, 66):
– 17.4 million men paid £120 billion, an average of £6,896 each
– 13.0 million women paid £44.6 billion, an average of £3,430, a little under half that paid by male taxpayers
Compared with 2012/13, men paid an additional £7.0 billion, women an additional £0.6 billion.
So the income tax burden faced by men increased in both absolute and relative terms in 2013/14. Men paid £75.4 billion more income tax than women, and their proportion of the total income tax contributions rose from 72.0% to 72.9%.
The government’s policy direction of driving women into more paid employment, which leads to a great deal of unhappiness among women and children, poorer outcomes for children, and higher unemployment among men – the latter point demonstrated by Belinda Brown in 2013, here – has been a failure even in terms of income tax generation. And year after year, the income tax gender gap increases.
In the space of just three years – from 2010/11 to 2013/14 – the gender gap increased from £64.4 billion to £75.4 billion, an increase of 17.1%.