How public spending was calculated in your tax summary

A short explanation of how public spending was calculated and shown in your tax summary.



For the fourth consecutive year, the government is sending 30 million households a clear and simple summary of how much income tax and national insurance they paid in the last financial year. The summary will provide an illustration of how your payments of income taxes and national insurance contributions were used by the government in its spending.

Published 2 November 2014
Last updated 19 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect spring 2018 release of 2016-17 summaries
  2. Changed the text in the detail to illustrate that it is now third consecutive year
  3. Updated to reflect 2014-15 summaries
  4. First published.