250k people download application to find out how their tax is spent

OVER 250k people have downloaded a tax calculator application for mobile devices which allows them work out how much tax they pay and how the Government spends it.

The tax applicaiton, which was introduced in the spring, has been updated with added features and can be downloaded for free from Apple’s iTunes store or from the Google Play store.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent. The calculator is an excellent way to bring transparency into the tax system.

“With so many people downloading the app, we can see that there is a real appetite to know where taxpayers’ hard-earned money is spent.”

The new features include: updated public spending information; pop-up explanations giving detailed descriptions of each spending category; ability to enter your own tax code; more details on tax rates used - showing what income has been taxed at which rate, and the rate at which National Insurance has been charged HMRC’s online calculator has also been used 200,000 times