In March 2013 A Voice for Men published my article about British men paying considerably more income tax than women, and in return getting a state that assaults their human rights and interests on many fronts. In 2010/11 British men had income tax liabilities of £108 billion (71.2% of all income tax liabilities), women just £43.6 billion (28.8%).
A government minister recently boasted that there’s a record number of women in paid employment, and the proportion of such women has increase markedly over the term of this government, which (through its tax policies) is hostile to stay-at-home mothers.
So women must be paying an increasing proportion of income tax revenues, surely? Er, no. We’re working on the election manifesto, and checked out the following year’s (2011/12) figures which are downloadable from the HMRC website – the key table is here. Men paid an additional £4 billion income tax in 2011/12 compared with 2010/11, women paid an additional £0.2 billion. The proportion of income tax revenues paid by men rose from 71.2% to 71.8%, the proportion paid by women declined from 28.8% to 28.2%.
Men paid £68.2 BILLION more income tax than women in 2011/12.
The proportions haven’t moved greatly, it must be said, it’s the overall numbers and direction of travel that matter. If the gender balance were the other way around, can you imagine the headline of the Fawcett Society press release on the matter? Maybe something like:
Working women crippled by income tax payments, yet sanitary products still taxed.