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Posted on: 15 May, 18

Now that we’ve entered the 2018/19 tax year, a number of key changes have taken place to existing policies, along with some newly introduced initiatives. It’s important to consider these tax implications when making financial decisions.

To help you navigate your way through the main changes that could have an impact on your financial situation, we’ve provided a summary of the main 2018/19 tax year changes that have come into force. The good news is that the overall tax burden is little changed for basic-rate taxpayers, but there are a number of areas that have changed that should be taken note of.

Taking action at the start of the 2018/19 tax year may give you the opportunity to take advantage of appropriate reliefs, allowances and exemptions, and consider whether there are any relevant decisions that you need to make sooner rather than later. Here’s what you need to know about the 2018/19 tax year changes and new initiatives.

Personal Allowance

The tax-free Personal Allowance is the amount of income you can earn before you have to start paying Income Tax. All individuals are entitled to the same Personal Allowance, regardless of their date of birth.

In the 2017/18 tax year, the Personal Allowance was £11,500, and it rises to £11,850 in the 2018/19 tax year. This means you can earn £350 more in the 2018/19 tax year than in the previous tax year before you start paying Income Tax.

However, bear in mind that the Personal Allowance is restricted by £1 for every £2 of an individual’s adjusted net income above £100,000.

A spouse or registered civil partner who isn’t liable to Income Tax above the basic rate may transfer £1,185 of their unused Personal Allowance in the 2018/19 tax year, compared to £1,150 in the 2017/18 tax year to their spouse or registered civil partner, as long as the recipient isn’t liable to Income Tax above the basic rate.

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