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Rise In Million-Pound Earners In UK - Wilsons

Robbie Lawther Assistant Editor London 10 September 2018

Rise In Million-Pound Earners In UK - Wilsons

The private client law firm Wilsons has said that the number of £1 million earners in the UK has risen by more than 3,500.

The number of individuals earning over £1 million ($1.28 million) in the UK has risen to 18,700 in the last year, up from 15,000 the previous year, according to private client law firm Wilsons.

Some 36 per cent of UK taxpayers earning over £1 million are concentrated just in London, with 11 per cent (2,000) of all £1 million plus earners in the UK living in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Source: Wilsons

Wilsons says that many of the UK’s £1 million plus earners are high net worth foreign business executives, investors and non-doms.  However, there are concerns that non-doms and overseas investors may be put off settling in the UK if visa rules are tightened after the Brexit date in March 2019.

Individuals earning over £1 million plus are highly mobile, and may move elsewhere if they feel they are being taxed too much on their earnings. There is a risk that they could migrate to countries where tax reliefs for non-doms are significantly more attractive. Recent data from the Government showed a 23 per cent fall in the number of non-doms paying tax in the UK in the last year, as reported by this publication.

“London is still an attractive prospect for the wealthy, but a more welcoming culture in UK policies could help to retain its appeal,” said Tim Fullerlove, partner at Wilsons. “Wealthy business executives, investors and non-doms from overseas are a boon for the UK economy, paying large amounts of taxes in the capital and generating job creation. Many high earners regard the UK as one of the most secure countries in which to hold their assets. There is now a danger, however, that what some commentators are calling the golden goose of wealthy investors is being taken for granted. There could be a risk of losing non-doms to other jurisdictions if UK tax reliefs are not attractive to them. There are also concerns that visa rules could be tightened after Brexit, shutting off investors from overseas.” 

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