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Tax facts

What you need to know about this year’s rates and allowances

The following tax facts should be viewed as an indication of the rates and allowances available and relate to the current tax year (2017/2018) unless stated otherwise. Tax law is notoriously complex and we cannot replicate every rule, nuance or exemption here. Therefore you should not make, or refrain from making, any decisions based on this information alone. If you are in any doubt as to the suitable course of action we recommend you seek tax advice. Remember tax rules can change and depend on your personal circumstances. Information believed to be correct as at 06/04/2017.

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Income tax allowances and bands

Please note it is taxable income which applies in this assessment, including earnings, pensions in payment, cash interest, fixed interest income, dividends and rent. ISA income is not included.

Income tax – main personal allowances

£500 for Higher rate taxpayers

Not available for Additional rate taxpayers

A Married Couple’s allowance (born pre 6/4/35) or Blind Person’s allowance may also apply.

The transferrable tax allowance only applies where neither individual is a higher or additional rate tax payer.

The personal allowance reduces by £1 for every £2 of income above £100,000. The personal allowance is lost if taxable income exceeds £123,000 (2017/18).

The dividend and personal savings allowance apply after the personal allowance. Anything within these allowances still count towards the basic and/or higher rate tax bands.

Income tax – bands (after any personal allowance)

UK excluding Scotland

Higher rate threshold (standard personal allowance + basic rate band) is £45,000.

Non-savings income uses up the starting rate for savings.

Scotland only

Scottish tax bands only apply to earned or pension income. They do not apply to savings or dividend income.

Higher rate threshold (Standard personal allowance + basic rate band) is £43,000.

Non-savings income uses up the starting rate for savings.

Capital gains tax (CGT)

CGT is charged on any profits (the ‘gains’) you make when you sell (or transfer) shares and unit trusts or other assets such as a second home. If the total of any gains realised in the year, minus any losses, exceeds your annual allowance the excess is liable to CGT.

CGT has a different tax rate depending upon whether it applies to business assets or non-business assets.

Annual capital gains tax allowance: £11,300 2017/18

2017/18 Capital gains tax rates (non-business assets)

Capital gains on residential property which is not a main residence will be taxed at 18% and 28% instead of 10% and 20%.

Entrepreneurs’ Relief (Business assets)

Business assets are generally a share (or interest) in the company or firm you work for. Entrepreneurs’ Relief is subject to meeting certain criteria – Please visit the HMRC website for more information

Inheritance tax (IHT)

Announced IHT rates until 2020/21

Stamp duty

Stamp duty reserve tax (SDRT)

0.5% rounded up to the nearest penny when you buy shares that settled via electronic paperless system.

Standard stamp duty

When you buy shares worth over £1,000 that settle via a paper system the tax charge is 0.5% rounded up to the nearest penny. There is no charge if the shares are worth less than £1,000.

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) – residential

Charged when you buy residential land or property.

Discretionary trusts

State Pension

State Pension age

Historically the State Pension age was 60 for women and 65 for men. This has changed.

By November 2018 the State Pension age for women will have increased to 65. By October 2020 it will have increased to 66 for both men and women.

The State Pension age is due to increase to 67 between 2026 and 2028 and to 68 between 2044 and 2046, however the government is considering bringing these increases forward.

Basic State Pension rate

For those who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016, the maximum in 2017/18 is £122.30 per week.

In addition, there may be entitlement to earnings related State Second Pension (S2P) formerly State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS).

You needed 30 qualifying years for a full basic State Pension. A qualifying year is one where either sufficient national insurance was paid or was deemed to have been paid.

New State Pension rate

For those who reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016, the maximum in 2017/18 is £159.55 per week.

This figure will be reduced for those who have contracted out of the State Second Pension (S2P), formerly State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS), before 6 April 2016.

35 qualifying years are needed to receive the full New State Pension. A qualifying year is one where either sufficient national insurance has been paid (on earnings above a lower limit of £5,876 for this tax year) or deemed to have been paid.

Transitional rules apply for those who accrued State Pension before 6 April 2016.

Pensions

Tax relief on pension contributions

* Higher/additional rate tax relief is restricted to the amount of higher/additional rate tax paid. This assumes no other taxable income.

Pension contribution limits

Annual allowance: £40,000. A £4,000 money purchase annual allowance will apply for those who have flexibly accessed their pensions.

Tapered annual allowance: If your threshold income is over £110,000 then your annual allowance will be reduced by £1 for every £2 that your adjusted income is over £150,000; to a minimum annual allowance of £10,000.

Threshold income is, broadly, all taxable income plus salary sacrificed for pension contributions on or after 9 July 2015 minus personal or employee (not via salary sacrifice) pension contributions.

Adjusted income is, broadly, all taxable income plus employer pension contributions (including via salary sacrifice) plus some benefit accrual in defined benefit, e.g. final salary, pension schemes.

Lifetime allowance: £1,000,000. If the value of pension rights exceeds the lifetime allowance on death, at retirement or at age 75, the excess could be taxed at up to 55%.


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