Rates and allowances - Income Tax
Income Tax allowances table
|Income Tax allowances||2008-09||2009-10||2010-11|
|Personal Allowance (1)||£6,035||£6,475||£6,475|
|Income limit for Personal Allowance||N / A||N / A||£100,000|
|Personal Allowance for people aged 65-74 (1)(2)||£9,030||£9,490||£9,490|
|Personal Allowance for people aged 75 and over (1)(2)||£9,180||£9,640||£9,640|
|Married Couple's Allowance (born before 6th April 1935 but aged under 75) (2)(3)(4)||£6,535||N / A||N / A|
|Married Couple's Allowance - aged 75 and over (2)(3)||£6,625||£6,965||£6,965|
|Income limit for age-related allowances||£21,800||£22,900||£22,900|
|Minimum amount of Married Couple's Allowance||£2,540||£2,670||£2,670|
|Blind Person's Allowance||£1,800||£1,890||£1,890|
(2) These allowances reduce where the income is above the income limit – by £1 for every £2 of income above the limit. For the 2008-09 and 2009-10 tax years they will never be less than the basic Personal Allowance or minimum amount of Married Couple's Allowance. However, from the 2010-11 tax year the Personal Allowance for people aged 65 to 74 and 75 and over can be reduced below the basic Personal Allowance where the income is above £100,000.
(3) Tax relief for the Married Couple's Allowance is given at the rate of 10 per cent.
(4) In the 2009-10 tax year all Married Couple's Allowance claimants in this category will become 75 at some point during the year and will therefore be entitled to the higher amount of the allowance - for those aged 75 and over.
|Income Tax rates and taxable bands||2008-09||2009-10||2010-11|
|Starting rate for savings: 10%*||£0-£2,320||£0-£2,440||£0-£2,440|
|Basic rate: 20%||£0-£34,800||£0-£37,400||£0-£37,400|
|Higher rate: 40%||Over £34,800||Over £37,400||£37,401-£150,000|
|Additional rate: 50%||N / A||N / A||Over £150,000|
The rates available for dividends for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 tax years are the 10 per cent ordinary rate and the 32.5 per cent dividend upper rate. For the 2010-11 tax year, as well as these rates there is a new dividend additional rate of 42.5 per cent.