Ed Sheeran pays more tax than any other British entertainer

Ed Sheeran's second night at Chantry Park in Ipswich.

Ed Sheeran's world tour which reached its climax at Chantry Park in Ipswich boosted the Treasury's coffers. - Credit: Zakary Walters

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran paid more tax than any other UK entertainer during 2019, according to a new survey by a national newspaper.

According to the survey by The Sunday Times, Ed - who lives in the Framlingham area with his family - paid £28.2m to HM Treasury.

That put him at number 32 in the list of UK taxpayers - but at the top of the list for entertainers.

The Sunday Times says that £17.4m was paid in tax following his hugely successful world tour.

That finished with his four homecoming concerts in Chantry Park, in Ipswich, which brought almost 140,000 fans to the town over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2019.

The rest of his tax bill came from corporation tax paid on royalty earnings, as well  a tax bill for a dividend paid to him by his music publishing company.


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Vacuum cleaner mogul Sir James, who topped the 2020 rich list with his £16.2bn fortune, contributed £12m more in tax than the year before.

The list, which mostly covers business and personal tax exposure to the end of 2019, shows the amount of tax taken from Britain’s super-rich fell sharply even before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

The wealthy needed to contribute £13.1m to make it into the top 50 of this year’s list, down from £20.4m the year before - a 36% drop.

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