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comparing tax in united kingdom with germany

United KingdomGermanyDifference in Germany
Gross Income 30,000.00 GBP / 30,000.00 GBP 33,963.57 EUR / 30,000.00 GBP - 0.00 GBP
Tax Due 6,064.16 GBP / 6,064.16 GBP 9,685.04 EUR / 8,554.79 GBP + 2,490.63 GBP
Net Income 23,935.84 GBP / 23,935.84 GBP 24,278.53 EUR / 21,445.21 GBP - 2,490.63 GBP
Overall Tax Rate 20.2 % 28.5 % + 8.30 %.

Figures based upon 1 GBP = 1 GBP.

Figures based upon 1 EUR = 0.88329937 GBP.

In United Kingdom, an income of 30,000.00 GBP / 30,000.00 GBP is more than the lowest average advertised salary of 12,757.00 GBP / 12,757.00 GBP and less than the country's average income of 33,000.00 GBP / 33,000.00 GBP.

In Germany, an income of 33,963.57 EUR / 30,000.00 GBP is more than the lowest average advertised salary of 18,900.00 EUR / 16,694.36 GBP and less than the country's average income of 43,000.00 EUR / 37,981.87 GBP.

Here are how much some common purchases cost in United Kingdom vs Germany:

United KingdomGermanyDifference in Germany
Water Bottle (1.5L) 0.95 GBP / 0.95 GBP 0.34 EUR / 0.30 GBP - 0.65 GBP
Milk Bottle (1L) 0.90 GBP / 0.90 GBP 0.70 EUR / 0.62 GBP - 0.28 GBP
Pint of Beer 3.50 GBP / 3.50 GBP 3.50 EUR / 3.09 GBP - 0.41 GBP
Bread (500g) 0.98 GBP / 0.98 GBP 1.30 EUR / 1.15 GBP + 0.17 GBP
Chicken Breasts (1kg) 5.67 GBP / 5.67 GBP 7.34 EUR / 6.48 GBP + 0.81 GBP
Petrol UK Gallon 5.68 GBP / 5.68 GBP 6.36 EUR / 5.62 GBP - 0.06 GBP
Volkswagen Golf or Equivalent 18,000.00 GBP / 18,000.00 GBP 20,000.00 EUR / 17,665.99 GBP - 334.01 GBP
Broadband Internet Monthly 30.21 GBP / 30.21 GBP 30.14 EUR / 26.62 GBP - 3.59 GBP
Rent One Bedroom Apt. In City (Monthly) 722.24 GBP / 722.24 GBP 702.47 EUR / 620.49 GBP - 101.75 GBP
Purchase One Bedroom Apt. In City 139,346.55 GBP / 139,346.55 GBP 167,807.15 EUR / 148,223.95 GBP + 8,877.40 GBP

Part of Europe, United Kingdom covers an area of 241,917 square kilometers.

United Kingdom has a Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of 2,787.74 ($ Billion) from a population of 65,511,098.

A progressive tax system with 3 bands with tax rates from 20% to 45%.

Personal tax-free allowance provided of 12,500 GBP.

Personal allowance is reduced by 1 GBP for every 2 GBP over 100,000 GBP.

Tax bands are as follow:

Below 37500 GBP - 20%

Between 37500 GBP and 150000 GBP - 40%.

Above 150000 GBP - 45%.

Mandatory social security contributions (National Insurance) Class A bands are as follow:

Below 8632 GBP - 0%

Between 8632 GBP and 50024 GBP - 12%.

Above 50024 GBP - 2%.


Source: (Currency Conversion).

Source: (Averages from average salaries in major job categories).

Source: (Cost of living).

Part of Europe, Germany covers an area of 348,621 square kilometers.

Germany has a Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of 3,979.08 ($ Billion) from a population of 80,636,124.

A progressive tax system spread over 5 bands ranging from 0% to 45%.

Tax bands are as follow:

Below 9168 EUR - 0%

Between 9168 EUR and 55960 EUR - 14%.

Between 55960 EUR and 265326 EUR - 42%.

Above 265326 EUR - 45%.

There is also a solidarity tax surcharge rate of 5.5%.

A default deduction is allowed of 1,000 EUR for work-related expenses.

A tax allowance of 1,000 EUR is applied for employees.

Up to 4,500 maximum is allowed as a deduction for travel expenses to and from work - here we use 2,500 EUR.

Social contributions made by the employee are : Pension 9.35%, Unemployment 1.5%, Health 7.9% and Nursing 1.4%.

These contributions are made as a percentage of the entire gross wage - limited to 52,200 EUR (Health and Nursing) and 76,200 (All Other - West Germany).


Source: (Currency Conversion).

Source: (Averages from average salaries in major job categories).

Source: (Cost of living).


This calculator allows you to calculate income taxes and social contributions equivalent for United Kingdom and Germany and allow comparison between both. You can choose the preferred currency for the input amounts and displayed calculation. For example: If you choose GBP as your preferred currency, then the income entered will be converted to United Kingdom's and Germany's native currencies for the calculation so that correct income equivalent is used. The results will then be shown in the native currencies and GBP.

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We have trawled through the quagmire of tax legislation for 16 of the World's major economies and created a comparable position as close to the UK's PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system for employed people.

We look at each country's taxation for employed people, as well as things like medical care which are part of social contributions for some countries or require mandatory purchase of health insurance.

Combining this information lets us calculate taxes for each of the 16 countries and then do not only a taxation comparison but also a comparison of buying power based upon commonly purchased items.

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