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Scarf chart of income tax by income level

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Scarf chart of income tax by income level
This chart shows contribution towards total UK Income Tax that each income group (broken down by percentage) makes. From this, we can see that taxpayers with the highest 10% of income paid just over half of all Income Tax for the time period shown. Connectors between the columns therefore indicate each group's relative contribution.
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