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Savings and investments Ensure the savings income for both individuals in a married couple or civil partnership is sufficient to use their full £500 or £1,000 personal savings allowance and £1,000 dividend allowance. Shareholding directors of private companies can pay themselves up to £,000 of dividend income for 2023/24 tax-free. After this date the dividend income allowance will reduce to £500 for the 2024/25 tax year. If interest on investments or savings is due to be paid just after 5 April 2023, closing the account before the end of the tax year can bring the interest forward. That will allow you to use up any surplus personal savings allowance you have for the current tax year.

If your adjusted income i.e. your taxable income plus employer pension contributions, is over £260,000, your annual tax-free pension allowance falls away by £1 for every £2 of income. There is a minimum tax-free pension allowance of £10,000 for those with adjusted income of more than £312,000. You can also pay up to £3,600 into a pension pot for your spouse, a civil partner or a child and benefit from basic rate tax relief on the contributions. Gift Aid Tick the box to say you are a UK resident and taxpayer when making Gift Aid payments and you’ll receive 20% or 25% of the donation as a reduction in your tax liability. To make the most of Gift Aid, the person with the highest tax rate in your family should ideally make the payment. Tax-efficient investments Income tax relief is available to reduce your tax liability on the following investments:

until 2025. You will be able to benefit from capital allowances, car benefits in kind (determined by the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and fuel type) and zero tax on fuel benefits in kind. Your financial future is in safe hands At Scrutton Bland, ensuring that our clients and their families get the best outcome from their efforts is part of the process of providing clear and effective advice to help you maximise your wealth and make informed tax planning decisions. Whether you are a business owner or private individual, making informed decisions and utilising the allowances available to you can make a dramatic difference to your wealth in the long-term. Get in touch with Sam or one of the tax team to arrange a free, confidential consultation at a time that works for you by calling 0330 058 6559 or emailing

ISA allowances You should increase your savings if

necessary to make the most of the £20,000 tax-free ISA allowance per person. Married couples can invest £40,000 over the year with no Capital Gains Tax or Income Tax to pay. Any unused allowance cannot be carried forward.

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) - Investments of up to £200,000 per year qualify for income tax relief at 30%. There’s no capital gains tax payable on any profit made when selling the investment and dividends are received tax-free. Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) - Annual investments of up to £1 million in qualifying companies attract income tax relief at 30% (or up to £2 million if at least £1 million is invested in knowledge intensive companies). If the investment is held for over three years, then any capital gain is free from CGT. Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) - Investments of up to £200,000 per tax year can be made in start-up companies that qualify for the SEIS. Income tax relief is available at 50%. No CGT is payable on disposal if the investment is held for more than three years.

Additional tax planning areas to consider

While the points we’ve covered are likely to be relevant to most people, there are also some specific tax planning areas that may apply to others: Trading and property allowances Two £1,000 tax-free allowances are available, one for income from property and the other from trading and miscellaneous income. They can reduce your tax liability if you generate a modest income, for example, by renting out a room on Airbnb or selling items on eBay or Amazon. Electric cars If you are thinking of switching to an electric car for business use, the tax benefits are well worth exploring and include enhanced capital allowances, lower benefits in kind (determined by the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and fuel type) and £0 road tax for 100% electric vehicles

Both EIS and SEIS investments can be carried back to the previous tax year to obtain income tax relief in the previous tax year.


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