Advisory Firm Warns June’s Tax Receipts Up £90.5 Billion Last Year

Total tax receipts are up by £90.5 billion from 12 months to June over the prior year, said leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

Paul Haywood-Schiefer, a senior manager at the firm said: ‘Total tax receipts remain very strong – with a £90.5 billion increase over the last 12 months. HMRC has received £737 billion in a 12-month period which is quite a significant take compared to the last few years. Given inflation, we could see a higher take in VAT, fuel duties and annual tax receipts topping £800 billion. This strong performance could give the incoming PM and Chancellor some flex around future tax cuts.’

Paul added: ‘All taxes are contributing to this increase, with HMRC posting a record for Inheritance Tax (IHT) in June with £726 million collected. This is 24.1% higher than the previous record of £585 million set in March and seems to be an upward trend over the last 6 months. However, it represents less than 1% of total tax take and only around 10% of corporation tax receipts, so it’s not setting the world alight. The government have long struggled to gain more from Inheritance Tax despite the 40% rate.’

‘While that is the case, this is a big jump in receipts, and a 24% increase on a previous record in any tax is newsworthy. There are several possible reasons for the increase. Though, as with IHT receipts, £726 million sounds like a huge sum of money, a significant estate of a deceased individual can impact the figures collected.’

‘IHT is due by the end of the 6th month following the person’s death. We should see the receipts related to individuals who died in December 2021. However, this may also include receipts of estates from much earlier, which are being paid over late to HMRC, hence one big, complicated estate that takes some time to deal with might end up paying late because they could not agree on figures.’

‘This tax is generally paid at 40% over a person’s available nil rate band, currently £325,000, which might be extended by the availability of a deceased spouse’s unused nil rate band or even with a transfer. The tax rate can be lower on gifts in the previous seven tax years, where 10% of the estate’s value is left to charity. Therefore, to generate £726 million of tax, we are looking at just over £1.8 billion of assets being subject to tax for the month, which is just over £350 million more than would have been taxed to the previous record.’

‘As to the receipts themselves, they aren’t going to provide a huge boost to the Government’s coffers, but such a significant increase in receipts is money that probably was not expected, so it will be a small bonus to be used elsewhere.’