Pensioners pay £111,400 tax in retirement: what can you do?

Sarah Coles

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New research has revealed that the average pensioner pays an astonishing £111,400 in tax in their retirement. That works out at £5,864 a year for a combination of income tax, VAT, council tax and the rest. Less well-off pensioners are in even more trouble, because while their overall bill is lower, they pay a far larger percentage of their income in tax: the poorest pensioners give 42% of their income straight back to the taxman.

So can you do anything about this?