As a new tax year approaches, it is important to ensure you are in the best financial position to help protect and grow your future wealth.
Our Bitesize Tax Planning provides you with details of the key allowances and reliefs available to you. The tax planning tips are available in easy to consider sections.
This article looks at Saving tips for higher earners.
Reducing your tax bill
Income over £150,000 per annum is taxed at 45%. However, because you lose the personal allowance, income between £100,001 and £125,140 is taxed at an effective top rate of 60%.
Tips to reduce your tax bill:
- Individuals with income near these thresholds could mitigate their tax liabilities by reducing their taxable income. This could be done by making pension contributions or payments to charities. Include them on your tax return as a higher rate taxpayer, in order to get the tax relief.
- If your private pension payments is made via a salary sacrifice scheme you could reclaim an additional 20% or 25% tax on your pension contributions. This is using a Self Assessment tax return.
- CGT is charged at 10% or 20% depending on your circumstances. Consider transferring assets to a spouse or civil partner who may pay tax at the lower rate. The transfer must be a genuine and outright gift.
- Current low CGT rates favour converting income-producing investments into capital appreciating assets such as real estate, stocks, bonds, and currency. Be mindful for changes in Government policy and take advice before making any changes.
- You may be able to transfer private company shares to use exemptions and rate bands of your spouse, civil partner or other family members. However, please seek advice about any tax consequences of doing this before proceeding.
- Consider transferring income-yielding assets to your spouse or civil partner who may pay tax at a lower rate or pay no tax at all. If this isn’t possible, ask your adviser for ways to turn your income into more tax-efficient forms.
- If you own a trading business, Business Asset Disposal Relief (previously Entrepreneurs Relief) can reduce your rate of CGT to 10% on gains on qualifying assets. Up to a lifetime limit of £1 million capital gains. The rules are complex, and most planning needs to be in place two years before disposal.
- Investors’ Relief reduces the amount of CGT on a disposal of shares in a trading company that is not listed on a stock exchange. This applies to shares that are issued on or after 17 March 2016. As long as the shares have been owned for at least 3 years up to the date of disposal. It is not usually available if you or someone connected with you is an employee of the company. Qualifying capital gains for each individual are subject to a lifetime limit of £10 million.
For more information, saving tips or to discuss the best and most appropriate methods for your personal circumstances and long-term goals, please contact your adviser, or call us directly on 0161 819 1131.
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