Scottish revenue interactions with UK government: FOI release

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Scottish revenue NOT sent to or collected by UK central government?
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As set out in Chapter 1 of Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland (GERS), in 2018-19, total tax revenue collected in Scotland was £57.5 billion. This excludes non-tax revenues, which are primarily non-cash accounting adjustments.

Scottish revenue not collected by UK reserved central government in 2018/19 amounted to £5,906. This consisted of council tax (£2,360m), non-domestic rates (£2,847m), Scottish land and buildings transaction tax (£557m), Scottish landfill tax (£143m).

Scottish revenue collected by UK reserved central government amounted to £50,184m. This included income tax, national insurance contributions, value added tax, corporation tax, and several other taxes and duties.

Income tax is a shared tax, and the non-savings non-dividend income tax is returned to the Scottish Government. As set out in Chapter 4 of GERS, this amounted to £11,486m in 2018-19, although the amount received by the Scottish Government will differ slightly as it is based on forecasts and then reconciled.

The difference (£40,128m) will be broadly representative of revenue raised in Scotland and retained by the UK reserved central government. Note that this will be used for a number of purposes, including providing the block grant to the Scottish Government (which is not linked to Scottish revenue), and funding reserved services in Scotland, such as pensions.

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