Gaming tycoon and Guess365 founder Denise Coates has been named the UK’s Finest Taxpayer once more

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Bet365 boss Denise Coates and her family paid a staggering £ 573 million in taxes last year.

The Coates family, who run the Etrurian-based gambling business, passed more than half a billion in taxes in 2020, and more than anyone else in the UK, according to The Sunday Times Tax List.

This makes the joint managing director Denise, who founded bet365 in 2000, the largest taxpayer in the country for the second year in a row.

Last year Ms. Coates was named one of the richest women in Britain with an annual salary package of more than £ 330 million.

It was ranked # 16 on the overall list, up £ 310 million and three places as of 2019.

Together Denise, her father Peter, and her brother John, who also own Stoke City and employ more than 5,000 people, are valued at £ 7.166 billion.

John Coates, Denise Coates and Peter Coates

The family is listed in the top 50 by vacuum cleaner mogul Sir James Dyson and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley. They finished sixth and twelfth respectively.

Sir James, who topped the list of the rich in 2020 with assets of £ 16.2 billion, handed over taxes of £ 191.3 million last year, while Mr Ashley’s tax liabilities rose £ 8.8 million to £ 46 million sank.

Elsewhere, Glenn Gordon and his family, who are behind the spirits company William Grant, rank second on this year’s list with a tax bill of £ 436.4m, and Fred and Peter Done – the brothers behind Betfred – were taxed from £ 3 to third place 191.3 million.

But Sir Philip Green fell off the list this year when his Arcadia retail empire fell into administration.

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This year wealthy individuals and their families had to contribute at least £ 13.1 million to be included in this year’s top 50 – a decrease from £ 20.4 million last year.

The list, which mainly covers business tax and personal tax exposure through the end of 2019, shows that the tax amount of the super-rich in the UK had already fallen sharply before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Robert Watts, draftsman of the tax list, said: “These worrying numbers show that taxes levied on many of the UK’s super-rich have fallen sharply, largely as their businesses have experienced a downturn.”

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List contributors paid around £ 3.18 billion in taxes this year, up 27 percent from £ 2.5 billion last year.

However, this is due to taxes paid on dividends of £ 982.5 million to shareholders in whiskey conglomerate William Grant, as well as a change in the methodology of the list that now includes gambling fees paid by the betting companies be taken into account.

Without these two factors, the top 50 total tax liability would be £ 700m lower this year, lower than last year’s £ 2.5bn.