Ed Sheeran tops The Sunday Times Tax List for most tax paid by musicians

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31 Jan 2021, 13:02

Five musicians, including Ed Sheeran, Queen and Adele, have contributed more than £50 million to the public finances in a year, according to The Sunday Times Tax List 2021.

The singer-songwriter has enjoyed enormous success in recent years, which has not only boosted his own bank balance, but the taxman's coffers too.

His total tax bill is listed as £28.2m, around £7m of which was corporation tax paid in 2019 as a result of his music sales, which also paid him a £10m dividend, liable for £3.8m of tax.

But £17.4m of his tax bill was accounted for by earnings from his hugely successful world tour between 2017 and 2019.

Queen came in second place with a total liability of £13m, wracked up largely by the success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film.

You can see top five musicians on the list below:

Ed Sheeran Tax liability £28.2m Wealth £200m

Queen Tax liability £13m Wealth £500m

Robbie Williams Tax liability £4.6m Wealth £185m

The Beatles Tax liability £3.5m Wealth £1.3bn

Adele Tax liability £2.8m Wealth £150m