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Income tax and personal savings

The Chancellor announced a bringing forward of the planned increases in the personal allowance and the higher rate threshold for income tax.

Income Tax rates and bands

Band £Rate %Band £Rate %
0 – 37,500200 – 34,50020
37,501 – 150,0004034,501 – 150,00040
Over 150,00045Over 150,00045

Savings income

2019/20 2018/19
Savings allowance basic rate£1,000£1,000
Savings allowance higher rate£500£500

A starting rate for savings band of £5,000 at 0% may be available unless taxable non-savings income exceeds the starting rate band.

Dividend income

Dividend allowance£2,000£2,000
Dividend ordinary rate7.5%7.5%
Dividend upper rate32.5%32.5%
Dividend additional rate38.1%38.1%

Personal allowances

Personal allowance £12,500£11,850
Personal allowance income limit£100,000£100,000
Marriage allowance

Transferable between certain spouses where neither pay tax above the basic rate

Married couple’s allowance (relief given at 10%) Either partner born before 6 April 1935 




  • minimum amount




  • income limit




Blind person’s allowance£2,450£2,390

Scottish income tax rates and bands

Savings and dividend income are taxed using UK rates and bands.

Rates and bands for 2019/20 will be announced in the Scottish BudgetBand £Rate %
0 – 2,00019
2,001 – 12,15020
12,151 – 31,58021
31,581 – 150,00041
Over 150,00046

Welsh income tax rates

From 6 April 2019, the UK government will reduce the basic, higher and additional rates of income tax paid by Welsh taxpayers by 10%, and three Welsh rates of income tax will then be added to the reduced UK rates. The Welsh government proposes to set the first Welsh rates at 10%.


Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs)

Individuals can invest in any combination of cash or stocks and shares up to the overall annual ISA subscription limit. However, a saver may only pay into a maximum of one Cash ISA, one Stocks and Shares ISA, one Innovative Finance ISA and one Lifetime ISA. The overall investment limit for 2019/20 is £20,000 (£4,368 for junior accounts).