Income Tax rates and Personal Allowances

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How much Income Tax you pay in each tax year depends on: how much of your income is above your Personal Allowance how much of your income falls within each tax band Some income is tax-free. The current tax year is from 6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020. Your […]

How much Income Tax you pay in each tax year depends on:

  • how much of your income is above your Personal Allowance
  • how much of your income falls within each tax band

Some income is tax-free.

The current tax year is from 6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020.

Your tax-free Personal Allowance

The standard Personal Allowance is £12,500, which is the amount of income you do not have to pay tax on.

Your Personal Allowance may be bigger if you claim Marriage Allowance or Blind Person’s Allowance. It’s smaller if your income is over £100,000.

Income Tax rates and bands

The table shows the tax rates you pay in each band if you have a standard Personal Allowance of £12,500.

Band Taxable income Tax rate
Personal Allowance Up to £12,500 0%
Basic rate £12,501 to £50,000 20%
Higher rate £50,001 to £150,000 40%
Additional rate over £150,000 45%

You can also see the rates and bands without the Personal Allowance. You do not get a Personal Allowance on taxable income over £125,000.

If you’re employed or get a pension

Check your Income Tax to see:

  • your Personal Allowance and tax code
  • how much tax you’ve paid in the current tax year
  • how much you’re likely to pay for the rest of the year

Other allowances

You have tax-free allowances for:

You may also have tax-free allowances for:

Find out whether you’re eligible for the trading and property allowances.

You pay tax on any interest, dividends or income over your allowances.

Paying less Income Tax

You may be able to claim Income Tax reliefs if you’re eligible for them.

If you’re married or in a civil partnership

You may be able to claim Marriage Allowance to reduce your partner’s tax if your income is less than the standard Personal Allowance.

If you do not claim Marriage Allowance and you or your partner were born before 6 April 1935, you may be able to claim Married Couple’s Allowance.

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