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comparing tax in united kingdom with united states

United KingdomUnited StatesDifference in United States
Gross Income 30,000.00 GBP / 30,000.00 GBP 37,507.47 USD / 30,000.00 GBP - 0.00 GBP
Tax Due 6,219.12 GBP / 6,219.12 GBP 5,739.72 USD / 4,590.86 GBP - 1,628.26 GBP
Net Income 23,780.88 GBP / 23,780.88 GBP 31,767.75 USD / 25,409.14 GBP + 1,628.26 GBP
Overall Tax Rate 20.7 % 15.3 % - 5.40 %.

Figures based upon 1 GBP = 1 GBP.

Figures based upon 1 USD = 0.79984067 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 United States, an income of 37,507.47 USD / 30,000.00 GBP is more than the lowest average advertised salary of 24,694.00 USD / 19,751.27 GBP and less than the country's average income of 60,000.00 USD / 47,990.44 GBP.

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

United KingdomUnited StatesDifference in United States
Water Bottle (1.5L) 0.95 GBP / 0.95 GBP 1.75 USD / 1.40 GBP + 0.45 GBP
Milk Bottle (1L) 0.90 GBP / 0.90 GBP 0.82 USD / 0.66 GBP - 0.24 GBP
Pint of Beer 3.50 GBP / 3.50 GBP 4.00 USD / 3.20 GBP - 0.30 GBP
Bread (500g) 0.98 GBP / 0.98 GBP 2.58 USD / 2.06 GBP + 1.08 GBP
Chicken Breasts (1kg) 5.67 GBP / 5.67 GBP 8.48 USD / 6.78 GBP + 1.11 GBP
Petrol UK Gallon 5.68 GBP / 5.68 GBP 3.27 USD / 2.62 GBP - 3.06 GBP
Volkswagen Golf or Equivalent 18,000.00 GBP / 18,000.00 GBP 21,845.00 USD / 17,472.52 GBP - 527.48 GBP
Broadband Internet Monthly 30.21 GBP / 30.21 GBP 62.44 USD / 49.94 GBP + 19.73 GBP
Rent One Bedroom Apt. In City (Monthly) 722.24 GBP / 722.24 GBP 1,261.46 USD / 1,008.97 GBP + 286.73 GBP
Purchase One Bedroom Apt. In City 139,346.55 GBP / 139,346.55 GBP 89,561.15 USD / 71,634.65 GBP - 67,711.90 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 11,850 GBP.

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

Tax bands are as follow:

Below 34500 GBP - 20%

Between 34500 GBP and 150000 GBP - 40%.

Above 150000 GBP - 45%.

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

Below 8424 GBP - 0%

Between 8424 GBP and 46384 GBP - 12%.

Above 46384 GBP - 2%.


Source: (Currency Conversion).

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

Source: (Cost of living).

Part of North America, United States covers an area of 9,144,930 square kilometers.

United States has a Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of 18,561.93 ($ Billion) from a population of 326,474,013.

A progressive tax system spread over 7 bands ranging from 0% to 37%.

2018 Tax bands are as follow:

Below 9525 USD - 10%

Between 9525 USD and 38700 USD - 12%.

Between 38700 USD and 82500 USD - 22%.

Between 82500 USD and 157500 USD - 24%.

Between 157500 USD and 200000 USD - 32%.

Between 200000 USD and 500000 USD - 35%.

Above 500000 USD - 37%.

The standard single person's deduction is 12,000 USD and the personal exemption is now 0 USD (2018).

The PEP provision (personal exemption phaseout) tapers the personal exemption when income is over 261,500 USD. 2% reduction for every 2,500 USD over the limit.

Social security tax is 6.2% on up to 128,700 USD of gross income.

Medicare hospital insurance tax is 1.45% of all gross income - increased to 2.35% on income over 200,000 USD (single person).


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 United States 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 United States'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.

How we compare world taxes

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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