Admiral Nelson paid low tax, records show

Horatio Nelson
Horatio Nelson
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JIMMY Carr’s tax dealings may have hit the headlines – but it turns out Admiral Nelson paid low amounts too.

Records from show that in 1798 Nelson paid just £3 – the equivalent of £316 today – for his house in Suffolk.

The website has published the archive of 12 million historic council tax records from the 17th to the 20th century.

Other notable low tax payers include Arthur Conan Doyle, who penned the Sherlock Holmes books and lived in Southsea.

He was taxed £5, a total of £473 today, for his house in Southwark, south London, in 1914.

King George III paid £47, which is £5,166 today, tax on the palace at Hampton Court in 1798, according to the records.

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli paid £10 for his property in 1865.

Comedian Carr was forced to publicly apologise last week after it emerged he was involved in a legal tax avoidance scheme.