Some middle earners 'taxed more than in the UK'

UNMARRIED average earners are taxed more heavily in Jersey than they would be in the UK, figures show.

A retired investment manager who contacted the JEP showed that Islanders earning £30,000 year, which is just above the average wage, now pay £269 more in income tax than their UK counterparts.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous, submitted calculations to the JEP demonstrating the difference and said that they believed that single Islanders earning between £26,000 and £43,000 were paying more tax than they would be in the UK.

Senator Sarah Ferguson, who recently had her proposals for a review of Jersey’s tax system defeated in the States, said that there were some ‘anomalies’ in the Island’s tax set-up.

She said: ‘We need a simple tax system, which everybody can understand, which is why I wanted a tax review to be carried out.



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Comments for: "Some middle earners 'taxed more than in the UK'"


Making a comparison with the UK's taxation policies is an irrelevant exercise, but if not, why not compare Jersey salaries with those in Yemen or Zaire say?

Wilson Riou

I can think of lots of reasons why a comparison with the UK is relevant such as many people work for UK companies and we import nearly all our goods from there to name just two. I can't think of a single reason to do a comparison with Yemen or Zaire - can you?

Phil Wells

That doesn't surprise me one bit and it disappoints me greatly that this government still doesn't seem to realise how it's hammering average earners or it realises it and isn't prepared to do anything about it so it can continue to protect the high earners!


There's nothing to be secretive about. I believe UK tax allowance starts at £11,000, whereas ours is zero


No surprise there then, what is the States going to do about this to put it right?

Timbo Slice

I believe that the forecasted expected outgoing should be divided across all tax payers, with no exemptions, and as PAYE. I'd anticipate that we'd all pay about 5% percent each. But even at 10%, payment should be easy to calculate. If you earn £100, you pay £10, if you earn £10,000, you pay £1,000. This arrears payment is unfair to those whose career path changes, eg maternity leave, retirement.

But this obviously wont be voted in, as some ministers and their fat-cat golfing friends might have to then actually pay tax themselves....


Quite simple really earn £43k in Jersey and pay £8600 I.T. earn £43k in UK and pay £6400 I.T. (rough comparison)- difference £2200 or £40+ per week and still get screwed with everything you purchase especially the food - good innit !!!


Not as simple as you think. Someone earning 43k in Jersey would not pay 8,300 I.T. For 2015 they would get marginal relief of 14,200 and be taxed at 26pc on the remainder.

As ItIs

I'm not sure that is correct. Under 20 = 20 anyone as an individual who earns over 40k pays 20% - 8k No allowances. Double that for married couples. Simple for us locals; however, if you're one of those lucky to be worth or earn something north of that, then your to contribution may be as little as 1%


The above link explains marginal relief and the other allowances available.

I don't know where you get your information from, but a link would be useful.




Wilson Riou


Err no, £43,000 less marginal relief of £14,200 = £28,800 taxed at 26% = £7,488 tax to pay assuming no other deductions are allowed.

The result of marginal relief on low to middle incomes is always applicable if it's less than the 20% of gross salary calculation.

Jersey Disruptor

This is not news. Anyone with basic maths skills can work it out.

It is what makes our income tax system unfair.

It is about time jersey adopted the PAYE system


That is what Guernsey has done why can't Jersey follow?


Because our "wise masters" hoestly believe they will miss out on a full years of income tax....


Taxpayers, particularly middle income groups, get no reward for paying tax in Jersey. They are excluded from any scheme, which instead solely favours those on low income, who pay little or no tax. Further education, including onward university fees, mean that those who pay tax are left without any assistance, whilst their counterparts get all for free in grants. Social justice it is not. Taxpayers should receive some benefit and most would agree that whilst supporting those on low income, there should be a balance.


The problem is simple - the welfare system. Before the new over generous system was set up - available to all people who have been here 5 years (and some who have not paid anything but arrive clutching babies) tax was not so high.

There is a never ending supply of people prepared to come to Jersey to work for low wages and the morons in the Government are BORROWING money to build houses for them? Why? I have no idea

This is what you get when the government only listen to the finance industry, Dandara and the wealthy residents (who pay less than 20%) tax

Shoot to Thrill

Lower minimum wage and now equal UK taxes but it doesn't stop people coming here.