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The Total Tax Contribution (TTC) of the 100 Group for 2019/20


2020 Total Tax Contribution survey of the 100 Group

The Total Tax Contribution 2020 report presents the tax and economic contribution of the largest listed companies in the UK for 2019/20.

Now in its 16th year, the annual survey collects data from 100 Group members on their UK tax contribution and reports on the contribution made in taxes borne, taxes collected, and the wider economic contribution.

We have analysed trends over the last 12 months and also the last 16 years, highlighting the changing tax profile and how changing economic conditions and legislation have impacted these trends.

Total Tax Contribution

Despite weak economic growth and continuing political uncertainty, the Total Tax Contribution of the 100 Group was broadly stable in 2019/20.

  • The TTC of the 100 Group was £84.1bn in 2019/20, including:
    • £26.9bn in taxes borne
      Taxes borne by a company are those that represent a cost to the company and are reflected in its financial results, e.g. corporation tax, employer NIC and business rates, etc.
    • £57.2bn in taxes collected on behalf of government
      Taxes collected are those which are generated by a company’s operations, and are not a tax liability of the company, e.g. income tax deducted under PAYE and net VAT, etc. The company generates the commercial activity that gives rise to the taxes and then collects and administers them on behalf of HMRC.

Value Distributed

The value of large businesses extends beyond their shareholders. The 100 Group’s total value distributed includes wages and salaries to employees, taxes borne and collected to the government and profits distributed to shareholders or retained for reinvestment.

Value distributed in 2019/20 included:

  • 14.5% profit after tax (shareholders/reinvestment)
  • 31.6% wages and salaries net of employment taxes (employees)
  • 32.2% taxes collected (government)
  • 14.8% taxes borne (government)
  • 6.9% net interest (financing)

Total Tax Rate

The total tax borne as a proportion of commercial profit was 47.9% for the 100 Group in 2019/20. This was a rise of 6.6 percentage points due to a decrease in profits and a 3.3% increase in taxes borne.

Broader Investment

The contribution large companies make to society extends beyond the value of goods and services produced, and taxes paid:

  • Employment: the 100 Group collectively employs around 1.9 million people, 5.8% of the total UK workforce.
  • Capital investment: in a period of weak business investment in the wider UK economy, 100 Group capital investment increased by 7.0% on a like-for-like basis compared to the prior year. Capital investment by the 100 Group was £25.6bn in 2019/20.
  • Research & development: 100 Group R&D expenditure increased by 2.7% on a like-for-like basis compared to the prior year. R&D expenditure by the 100 Group was £9.1bn in 2019/20.

Explore 16 years of the 100 Group’s Total Tax Contribution

Explore the data from our TTC surveys in more detail, comparing the change in profile between different years and different taxes.

The survey collects data from 100 Group members on the contribution made in all taxes borne - the taxes that represent a cost to the company such as corporation tax, employers’ NIC, business rates, irrecoverable VAT, and bank levy.

The changing profile of taxes borne between 2005 and 2020

Analysis over the 16 years of the survey shows a significant change in the profile of taxes borne. The contribution made to total taxes borne by taxes other than corporation tax is greater in 2020 when compared with 2005. This changing profile for the 100 Group suggests that tax revenues contributed by this group of companies have become materially less dependent on corporation tax. There has been a consistent trend away from a tax based on profits to taxes based on people, production and property.

Trends in taxes between 2005 and 2020

Over 16 years, the TTC survey has collected an extensive bank of data on tax payments by the 100 Group members. Twenty-seven companies have provided data in all the surveys we have undertaken. This enables us to look at the trends in their results on a like for like basis, taking 2005 as 100% for each tax.

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Corporation tax

Over the survey period, corporation tax has been on a downward trend, while the amounts of other business taxes borne have increased. The fall in corporation tax is due to a number of factors: reductions in the statutory rate of corporation tax, but also, between 2010 to 2015, reduced contributions from the oil and gas sector due to lower oil prices and production levels, from the retailers due to challenging economic conditions, and from the financial services sector, mainly due to brought forward losses.

In 2016 there was an increase in corporation tax for the first time since 2011, following a greater contribution from the financial services sector, largely due to legislative changes affecting the banks and strong performance of investment assets affecting the insurers. Following three consecutive annual increases, corporation tax paid by these twenty-seven companies decreased in 2019 as a result of decreasing profits and was broadly level in 2020. Government legislation has had a clear impact on the corporation tax paid by the banks in the survey, with tighter loss relief legislation, non-deductibility of compensation payments, and the introduction of the bank surcharge in January 2016.

year,Corporation tax,Employers' NIC,Business rates,Irrecoverable VAT,Petroleum revenue tax,Bank Levy,Other
year,Corporation tax,Other taxes borne,Taxes borne,Irrecoverable VAT,Business Rates,Employers' NIC
Notes about the survey
  1. Total taxes borne in 2020 are higher than in 2005.
  2. Charts are based on data provided by survey participants in each survey.
  3. PwC has anonymised and aggregated this data to produce the survey results.
  4. All 16 TTC surveys with the 100 Group use the same PwC TTC methodology which enables the results to be compared.
  5. PwC has not verified, validated or audited the data and cannot give any undertakings as to the accuracy of the survey results in that respect.
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Andrew Packman

Andrew Packman

Total Tax Contribution and Tax Transparency leader, PwC United Kingdom

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