The start of a new tax year on 6 April means you'll need to familiarise yourself with the tax allowances and limits for the year ahead, from the annual ISA allowance to the personal income allowance and beyond, some of which was discussed at last week's Budget.
You can find a detailed overview of the updates for the 2017/18 tax year, including Income tax, National Insurance Contributions (NIC), capital gains tax, VAT, marriage allowance, fuel duty rates and capital allowances, together with key payment dates and tax return deadlines, in our updated Tax Tables for 2017/18.
This document brings you the details of all tax allowances, brackets and thresholds for the year ahead in one place, allowing you to save it to your computer for quick and easy reference whenever required - ideal for when you're compiling your tax return. You can download our Tax Facts guide by following this link.
In the meantime, we thought we'd bring you a quick overview of the some of the key changes for the year ahead, to ensure you're fully informed before the tax year begins.
The personal allowance - in other words, the amount of money you can earn before having to pay income tax - will rise to £11,500 from April, with earnings after that level subject to income tax of 20%. The higher rate threshold will increase to £45,000, with the proportion of earnings after this level being taxed at 40%. The additional rate band (where 45% tax is applied) remains at £150,000, after the tax-free allowance has been deducted.
The 2017/18 ISA allowance has been set at £20,000, a significant jump from the current allowance of £15,240, giving you far more potential to earn tax-free returns. The Junior ISA allowance will rise to £4,128, up from £4,080, as will the Child Trust Fund subscription limit.
The personal savings allowance, which allows you to earn interest tax-free regardless of where your money is held, remains at £1,000. This is in addition to your annual ISA allowance. Good to know for your tax return.
The absolute minimum that employers can legally pay their staff will rise, up from the current rate of £7.20 for those aged 25 and over to £7.60, with the change coming into effect in April.
The state pension will rise by 2.5% in April, meaning that those who qualify for the full new state pension will see their weekly payments rise from £155.65 to £159.55. Alternatively, those who receive the basic state pension will see theirs rise from £119.30 to £122.30 a week.
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