It's April and this means the end of the previous tax year and start of the next. HMRC's personal tax year runs from 6th April to 5th April each year.
The start of the new UK tax year from 6.4.18 means there are new opportunities and new rules and allowances that now apply. So, it is a good time to take a moment and work through what is best for you and your personal circumstances to make them more tax efficient and plan and budget for the coming year.
The UK government and HMRC are ramping up their collection system and enforcement to try to get as much money in to pay for Brexit and other services etc so it’s up to each individual to become more vigilant to how they may end up with less in their pocket than previously.
Checking your income tax code regularly is now a necessity. Call HMRC immediately if something looks incorrect or out of the norm. Tax codes can often be incorrectly produced if there is a slight mix up in info and recent news reports have highlighted more changed tax codes than usual.
Complete your personal tax return for 17/18 early. It’s not worth waiting till 31st January 2019 when its actually the payment deadline day to work out how much tax is due if your self-employed because if you are owed a tax refund this means waiting till Feb / March 2019. Also, if you do owe tax then you have 9 months to plan and budget to pay for the sooner you know how much is due.
The personal tax-free allowance goes up to £11,850 from £11,500 and dividend tax allowance falls to £2000 from £5000, similar movements with other allowances means it helps to plan ahead to decide which year to receive and declare income. A good tax accountant can help with this - note an average bean counter (accountant) does not normally keep up to date with rapidly changing tax rules and regulations so may not be able to help.
We always recommend you speak to an expert tax accountant - they should save you far more in tax than they ever charge plus their fees are tax deductible - so it’s a win, win situation if your serious about planning ahead and paying less tax the correct way.
By Anni Khan at Tax Affinity Accountants
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