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This is the second in our series of data-driven postings about how to calculate percentages.

When you are working in a role where you might deal frequently with taxes (for example in accountancy or the building trade), having a quick and easy way to calculate the tax in your head is very useful. In the UK, when VAT and CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) taxes are 20%, a handy mental maths hack is to work out 10% (move the decimal point one place to the left) and then double your answer to get 20%.The percentage difference calculator is here to help you compare two numbers. Here we will show you how to calculate the percentage difference between two numbers and, hopefully, to properly explain what the percentage difference is as well as some common mistakes. In the following article, we will also show you the percentage difference formula. On top of that, we will explain the differences between various percentage calculators, and how data can be presented in misleading, but still technically true, ways to prove various arguments.

We have mentioned before how people sometimes confuse percentage difference with percentage change, which is a distinct (yet very interesting) value that you can calculate with another of our Omni Calculators. If you have read how to calculate percentage change, you'd know that we either have a 50% or -33.3333% change, depending on which value is the initial and which one is the final.And that's how to find the percentage difference! You can extract from these calculations the percentage difference formula, but if you're feeling lazy just keep on reading because, in the next section, we will do it for you. Just remember that knowing how to calculate the percentage difference is not the same as understanding what is the percentage difference. (Source: www.omnicalculator.com)

Now, if we want to talk about percentage difference, we will first need a difference, that is, we need two, non identical, numbers. Let's take, for example, 23 and 31; their difference is 8. Now we need to translate 8 into a percentage, and for that, we need a point of reference, and you may have already asked the question: Should I use 23 or 31? As we have not provided any context for these numbers, neither of them is a proper reference point, and so the most honest answer would be to use the average, or midpoint, of these two numbers. Now it is time to dive deeper into the utility of the percentage difference as a measurement. It should come as no surprise to you that the utility of percentage difference is at its best when comparing two numbers; but this is not always the case. We should, arguably, refrain from talking about percentage difference when we mean the same value across time. We think this should be the case because in everyday life we tend to think in terms of percentage change, and not percentage difference.

on here is that, despite the absolute difference gets bigger between these two numbers, the change in percentage difference decreases dramatically. The two numbers are so far apart that such a large increase is actually quite small in terms of their current difference. Therefore, if we want to compare numbers that are very different from one another, using the percentage difference becomes misleading. If you want to avoid any of these problems, our recommendation to only compare numbers that are different by no more than one order of magnitude (two if you want to push it). If you want to learn more about orders of magnitude and what this term means, we recommend our scientific notation calculator. (Source: www.omnicalculator.com)