The FT's headline, as you might expect is more accurate, suggesting that ‘Non-dom’ numbers fall in wake of levy'. However the article also reveals the figures for 3 years:
- 2006/07 -117,000
- 2007/08 - 139,000
- 2008/09 - 123,000
It's also worth noting that, contrary to some reports, the figures do not represent 'the number of wealthy foreigners' who live in the UK. HMRC's figures are simply of those people who have ticked a specific box on their tax return each year. And many of them will be second or third generation immigrants who can technically claim non-dom status despite having no great wealth or assets outside of the UK. They might just be hedging their bets.
Anyway, the guidance as regards ticking the 'non-dom' box changed in 2008/09 so many people who ticked it in 2007/08 no longer had to tick it in 2008/09.
I doubt that they all left the country. And, in any event, by my reckoning there were 6,000 more non-doms here in 2008/09 than there were two years previously. Another two years have since passed. I wonder how many are here now?