Stop the EU gravy train: MEPs and campaigners DEMAND Brussels ends tax break for staff | Politics | News

The call comes only a day after it was revealed that the unelected spent an eye-watering £500,000 on foreign trips within two months, which Access Info believe is only the tip of the “iceberg”.

Staff in the EU institutions do not pay national income tax, but pay a “community tax” that goes directly back into the bloc’s budget.

The rate is often far lower than income tax in Belgium, which is 50 per cent on wages more than £34,000.

According to the European Parliament, 751 MEPs earn £86,700 a year. But, after the community tax and a health insurance contribution, they earn £71,599.

That is a 17.4 per cent community tax and insurance payment. Britain levies a 40 per cent tax rate on salaries of £45,001-£150,000.

Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip, said: “In Euroland the unaccountable bureaucrats think that income tax is just for the little people who should just shut up and pay up.

“The quicker we get out the less money we pay to these people, many of whom in the middle ranks get paid even more than MEPs.”

David Campbell Bannerman, a Conservative MEP, said: “Special tax rates are just some of the perks enjoyed by these un-elected, unaccountable commissioners.

“If we were too generous with this Brexit bill, what reason would commissioners have to rein in their wasteful, arrogant and out of touch lifestyle? There are no grounds to pay the EU simply to carry on with business as usual.”

The EU said that the rate was necessary to make sure their staff around the world were taxed the same.

A commissioner’s salary is £216,500 but the Commission refused to confirm how much tax is paid, claiming it varies which makes it “impossible” to give an average figure.

It said that most of their salary is taxed at 45 per cent, but in practice, it is much lower.

Commissioners also benefit from a tax-free expatriation allowance for moving out of their home country which is only 16 per cent of their salary.

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