How Will Taxation Changes Affect You in 2018?

The advent of the 2018/2019 financial year will usher in many changes in the taxation system. Are you prepared?

1. Income tax personal allowance is increasing

The personal allowance is increasing to £11,850, up from the current £11,500. In addition the threshold for higher-rate taxpayers will increase from £45,000 to £46,350.

2. Marriage allowance can be back-dated

The marriage allowance can now be backdated for four years of backdated claims for payments that had been missed.

3. Dividend tax allowance is being reduced

The tax free dividend allowance is set to be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000. Those that will be affected by this change are estimated to lose an average of approximately £315 a year.

4. Mortgage interest tax relief being phased out

From the 6th of April 2018 only 50% of mortgage interest will be able to offset against profits.

5. Pensions lifetime allowance is on the up

The standard lifetime allowance limit will rise from £1 Million to £1.03 Million.

6. Council tax may see the biggest rise

The 2% cap on council tax will be abolished, meaning some councils in London could increase the tax by as much as 5.99%.

7. Tax-free gains for inheritance tax

The nil-rate band will increase from £100,000 to £125,000 for direct descendants.

8. Capital gains tax thresholds rise

The threshold will increase from £11,300 to £11,700.

9. Junior Isa (Individual Savings Account) tax-free savings increase

The JISA  allowance is increasing from £4,128 to £4,260.

10. Don’t miss the lifetime Isa deadline

Until the 6th of April, those that hold a help to buy ISA (individual savings account) can transfer the balance to a Lifetime ISA without expending their £4,000 annual allowance.

11. Car tax increases for diesel cars

New diesel vehicles that emit 191-225g/km of CO2 will attract a charge of £1,700.

12. Self-assessment gets simpler

Eligible taxpayers will receive a letter from HMRC and can simply confirm if the information is correct.

13. Stamp duty savings for many first-time buyers

Stamp duty has now been abolished for all first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000.

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The value of investments and income from them may go down as well as up and you may not get back the original amount invested.

Information is based on our current understanding of taxation legislation and regulations which is subject to change.

A pension is a long-term investment. The fund value may fluctuate and can go down. Your eventual income may depend upon the size of the fund at retirement, future interest rates and tax legislation.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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