Notes 6-10

7. Taxation

The Group tax rate on Headline PBT1, excluding the impact of the net deferred tax credit in relation to the amortisation of acquired intangible assets and other goodwill items was 24.8%
(30 June 2008: 26.9% and 31 December 2008: 25.3%). The Group tax rate on Reported PBT was 22.9% (30 June 2008: 29.9% and 31 December 2008: 31.2%).

The tax charge comprises:


 
 
 
 
Six months
ended
30 June
2009
£m
Six months
ended
30 June
2008
£m

Year ended
31 December
2008
£m
Current tax
Current year
56.2 91.7 217.7
Prior years 5.7 12.1 7.0
Total current tax 61.9 103.8 224.7
Deferred tax
Charge for the year
0.6 1.0 20.6
Net credit in relation to the
amortisation of acquired intangible
assets and other goodwill items

(21.5)

(3.6)

(12.4)
Total deferred tax (20.9) (2.6) 8.2

Tax charge
41.0 101.2 232.9
1
Headline PBT is defined in note 19.