The tax year will be coming to an end on 5th April. With that deadline in mind, this is a timely reminder of the allowances available to you during the tax year. If you can, it is important to make sure you are maximising your allowance in all areas in an effort to mitigate the impact of tax. Listed below are a few allowances to consider:
With a cash ISA or a stocks and shares ISA (or a combination of the two), you can save or invest up to £20,000 each year per person, meaning that a married couple can invest up to £40,000 between the two of them.
Top up your pension contributions
It is a good idea to check your pension contributions at least once per tax year as they can be a great way to manage your tax liabilities. For high earners, however, it is important to keep the lifetime pension allowance in mind. The current lifetime allowance is set at £1,055,000. Remember that contributions causing you to exceed the allowance are taxable.
For those who are not nearing the limit, upping your pension contributions can be an effective way to mitigate the impact of tax. If you have not managed to make full use of your £40,000 annual allowance, you can carry it forward for up to three years.
The current tax-free threshold is set at £325,000 for single individuals and £650,000 for married couples. Anything over this amount will be taxed. Inheritance tax is where a little bit of planning can pay dividends in the future. This might be by making full use of your annual gift allowance of £3,000 (£6,000 for married couples), putting assets into trust or re-writing your will.
Capital Gains Tax
Capital gains tax is a tax on the profits you make when you sell something, such as a second home or a personal possession worth £6,000 or more, except for your car. The tax-free allowance for the 2019/20 tax year is £12,000 per person so couples can pay no tax on a total of £24,000 of gains. Remember that genuine gifts from a spouse or civil partner do not count towards the allowance.
Boost your children’s savings
The Junior ISA limit is set at £4,368 for this tax year. Why not take the time to give your children’s savings a boost by making sure they are at the limit? You may even want to contribute to your grown up children’s Lifetime ISA if they have one, and the government will provide a bonus of 25% of the money invested, up to £1,000 per year.
Your dividend allowance
If you receive dividends through a Stocks and Shares ISA or you are a company shareholder or director, you can currently receive £2,000 worth of dividends tax free.
For more information on how to make sure you’re maximising your tax allowances, feel free to contact us.
2 January 2020
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