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The Dividend Allowance
Is the dividend allowance cut still going ahead?
Although this dividend allowance cut was dropped from the Finance Bill 2017 as a result of the General Election, it will go ahead as planned from April 2018, as it was re-introduced into a second Finance Bill (published on 8th September). The Bill received Royal Assent on 16th November 2017.
What is the dividend allowance?
The dividend allowance was only implemented in April 2016, as part of a radical shake-up it the way dividends are taxed. Prior to this date, under the tax credit system, dividends were paid to shareholders net, and multiplied by 10/9 to produce the gross dividend upon which dividend tax was levied.
Since the new rules came into play in April 2016, dividends are subject to new tax rates (basic - 7.5%, higher - 32.5% and additional - 38.1%). This has placed a significant additional tax burden on limited company owners. The one concession was the creation of a tax-free 'dividend allowance' applied to the first £5,000 of dividend income.
So, the first £5,000 of dividends are not taxed at all, but significantly, this sum still sits within the relevant tax band for overall taxation purpose.
How much will the dividend allowances reduction cost you?
From April 2018, the dividend allowance will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000. How you are financially affected by the cut depends on which tax band the first £5,000 of dividends fall into. If they fall into your basic rate band, you will be £225 worse off (7.5% basic rate dividend tax x £3,000). It will cost higher-rate taxpayers £975, and additional-rate taxpayers £1,143.
Of course, should the first £5,000 of dividends fall between two tax bands, the total tax hit will vary from the above figures. If you receive a low salary, and don't have significant extra income during the tax year, the final tax hit is likely to be £225, assuming the Chancellor isn't tempted to meddle further with dividend taxation before the current implementation.
Other tax changes affecting you from April 6th 2018
Personal allowances increases
The amount you can earn before paying tax rises from £11,500 to £11,850. It's the latest step in a planned rise to £12,200 by 2020.
Higher rate tax threshold increases
The thresholds at which you start paying 40% tax will rise from £45,000 to £46,350, unless you are a Scottish taxpayer (see below). The government currently plans to raise it to £50,000 by 2020.
Marriage allowance rises
The allowance will rise from £1,150 to £1,185, enabling married couples to transfer this portion of their personal allowance from the lower earner, in order to save tax. To qualify for the scheme, the lower earner must have an income below the personal allowance and the higher earner must be a basic rate taxpayer.
Pensions lifetime allowance rises
Since 2010, the pension lifetime allowances has been gradually cut from £1.8 million to £1 million. In April it will rise in line with inflation to £1.03 million.
State Pension rises
The pension will rise in line with last September's inflation figure of 3%. For those on the full 'flat rate' pension this will add £4.80 a week, or £249.60 a year. For those who reached State Pension age before April 2016, the full Basic State Pension will rise to £125.95 a week.
This will be a welcome change for retired households struggling with rising costs, particularly given that ONS figures in December showed that retired households face faster inflation than their working counterparts.
Auto-enrolment minimum contributions increase
At the moment minimum contributions are set at 2% of your qualifying earnings (with at least 1% from your employer), but from 6th April they will rise to 5% (with at least 2% coming from your employer). This is actually the first of two increases, because in April 2019, they will go up to 8% (with at least 3% from your employer).
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