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2019-2020 TAX RATES
Published on 01-04-2019Email To Friend    Print Version

A roundup of all the personal tax changes which come into force from the 2019/20 tax year including, an increase to the personal allowance and higher rate threshold, changes to residential inheritance tax and capital gains tax regime for non-UK residents

Personal allowance and higher rate threshold

The personal allowance increases on 6 April 2019 to £12,500 from £11,850. This will lead to a reduction in tax of £130 a year for most people. The threshold for paying the higher rate of income tax (which is 40%) will increase to £50,000 from £46,350.

Income tax rates

UK and Northern Ireland

Rate

Range

Basic

20%

£1 - £37,500

Higher

40%

£37,501 - £150,000

Additional

45%

Over £150,000 

Scotland – Scottish rate of income tax (SRIT)

Rate

Range

Starter

19%

£1 - £2,049

Basic

20%

£2,050 - £12,444

Intermediate

21%

£12,445 - £30,930

Higher 

41%

£30,931 - £150,000

Top

46%

Over £150,000

Wales

Rate

Range

Basic

20%

£1 - £37,500

Higher

40%

£37,501 - £150,000

Additional

45%

Over £150,000

Other allowances

Income tax allowances

2019/20

2018/19

Married/civil partners allowance*

£8,915

£8,695

Minimum married/civil partners allowance*

£3,450

£3,360

Married/civil partners transferable allowance

£1,250

£1,190

Income limit for married/civil partners allowance

£29,600

£28,900

Blind persons allowance

£2,450

£2,390

*Available to persons born before 6 April 1935. Relief limited to 10%. Reduced to minimum allowance by £1 for every £2 over income limit. Minimum allowance reduced by £1 for every £2 income over £100,000 after applying personal allowance reduction.

Inheritance tax

 

2019/20

2018/19

Nil-rate band

£325,000

£325,000

Residence nil-rate band

£150,000

£125,000

Rate of tax on excess

40%

40%

Chargeable lifetime transfers

20%

20%

Disguised remuneration loan charge

The deadline for settling loan charges with HMRC is 5 April 2019. In April 2019, all outstanding loans from disguised remuneration schemes will become subject to an income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) charge under Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 ITEPA 2003, Pt 7A. The loan charge is an anti-avoidance measure which targets the payment of remuneration in a form (in this case, as a loan) that avoids tax and NIC.

The new loan charge was introduced by Finance (No. 2) Act 2017 on all disguised remuneration loans, eg, loans made via company employee benefit trusts (EBTs) or EBT sub-trusts, or similar via employer-financed retirement benefits scheme (EFRBS) made on or after 6 April 1999 and still outstanding at 5 April 2019.

Pensions, loans and savings

Student loans

The Department for Education has confirmed that from 6 April 2019 the Plan 1 threshold increases to £18,935 from £18,330 and the Plan 2 threshold to £25,725 from £25,000 but the rate of deduction for both remains 9%.

Individual savings accounts (ISAs)

From 1 April there will be a small adjustment to the annual Child Trust Fund and Junior ISA savings limit with a £108 rise from £4,260 to £4,368 from 6 April 2019, equivalent to 2.5%. The interest and gains received on money saved in a CTF and Junior ISA is tax free as per standard ISA rules.

An estimated 907,000 Junior ISAs were paid into during 2017-18 tax year.

Limits

2019/20

2018/19

Annual limit

£20,000

£20,000

Junior ISA annual limit

£4,368

£4,260

Lifetime ISA annual limit

£4,000

£4,000

Help to Buy ISA monthly limit

£200

£200

The Help to Buy ISA is only available to 30 November 2019.

Personal pensions

The tax-free amount you can pay into a personal pension remains at £40,000 per tax year. The lifetime allowance for pension savings increases from 6 April 2019 to £1,055,000 (from £1,030,000)

Workplace pensions

The minimum amount you need to pay into your employee’s auto-enrolment workplace pension increases from 6 April 2019. This means the total amount of employer and employee contributions must be a minimum of 8% of your employee’s qualifying earnings.

Date effective

Total minimum contribution

Employer minimum contribution

Staff contribute the remainder

Current

5%

2%

Up to 3%

6 Apr 19

8%

3%

Up to 5%

 

 

 

Capital gains tax

The capital gains tax (CGT) annual exempt amount for individuals increases to £12,000 from £11,700.

Non-resident CGT

Non-UK residents will be pulled into the capital gains tax CGT regime for the first time on 6 April if they dispose of UK land and property.

Currently, non-UK residents are only taxed on disposals of residential property, but from 6 April 2019, all UK land (including commercial property) will come within the scope of UK taxation.

In addition, non-UK residents will also be subject to UK tax on the disposal of assets that derive at least 75% of its value from UK land, so called ‘property-rich’ companies.

With the new CGT regime, a new compliance system is being introduced, which non-UK residents will have to follow in reporting disposals of UK land and paying the associated tax.

Non-UK residents disposing of UK land (or assets that derive at least 75% of its value from UK land) must file a return within 30 days following the completion of the disposal, and a payment on account must be made at the same time.

The amount of tax to be paid is calculated under the normal rules, including using any allowable losses at the date of disposal.

Property tax

Interest relief for buy to let mortgages

Since April 2017, the government has phased in the removal of interest for buy to let landlords. Now in the fourth year of implementation, the restriction will be fully in place from 6 April 2020.

The finance costs that will be restricted include interest on mortgages, loans - including loans to buy furnishings and overdrafts.

Tax year

Percentage of finance costs deductible from rental income

Percentage of basic rate tax reduction

2019/20

25%

75%

2020/21

0%

100%

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) – UK and Northern Ireland

Residential

£0 - £125,000

0%

£125,001 - £250,000

2%

£250,001 - £925,000

5%

£925,001 - £1.5m

10%

Over £1.5m

12%

Non-residential

£0 - £150,000

0%

£150,001 - £250,000

2%

Over £250,000

5%

SDLT: first-time buyers

Residential only

Share of sale price

Current SDLT %

First-time buyers %

≤ £125k

0

0

>£125k-£250k

2

0

>£250k-£300k

5

0

>£300-£500k

5

5

SDLT rate effective from 22/11/17 for purchases by first time buyers only

Scotland – Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT)

LBTT rates and bands for residential and non-residential property transactions

Residential transactions

Non-residential transactions

Non-residential leases

Purchase price

LBTT rate

Purchase price

LBTT rate

Net present value of rent payable

LBTT rate

Up to £145,000

0%

Up to £150,000

0%

Up to £150,000

0%

£145,001

to £250,000

2%

£150,001 to £250,000

1%

Over £150,000

1%

£250,001

to £325,000

5%

Over £250,000

5%

 

 

£325,001

to £750,000

10%

 

 

 

 

Over £750,000

12%

 

 

 

 

 Wales – Land Transaction Tax (LTT)

Price threshold

LTT rate

£0 - £180,000

0%

£180,001 - £250,000

3.5%

£250, 001 - £400,000

5%

£400,001 - £750,000

7.5%

£750,001 - £1.5m

10%

Over £1.5m

12%

These rates came into force on 6 April 2018.

Cars

Company cars

From 6 April 2019, benefit in kind (BiK) tax rates are increasing for company cars. The percentage applied to the list price of the car will increase based on the CO2 emissions published by the Vehicle Certification Agency.

CO2 emissions 2019/20

% of list price

g/km

petrol

diesel

0-50

16

20

51-75

19

23

76-94

22

26

95-99

23

27

100-104

24

28

105-109

25

29

110-114

26

30

115-119

27

31

120-124

28

32

125-129

29

33

130-134

30

34

135-139

31

35

140-144

32

36

145-149

33

37

150-154

34

37

155-159

35

37

160-164

36

37

165 or more

37

37

Tax free mileage allowances

 

First 10,000 miles

Over 10,000 miles


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