CAMPAIGNERS and politicians have demanded an end to an Brussels loophole which allows EU staff and MEPs to pay just 12 per cent tax.
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.
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.