If you’re looking to make the most of your finances and reduce your tax bill for 2021/22 now is the perfect time. Our 6 top tips can help you make the most of your current allowances and tax relief, but be quick as they’ll need to be done by the 5th April 2022 or you’ll miss out.
1) USE UP YOUR FULL ISA ALLOWANCE
You can save up to £20,000 tax-free in 2021/22, so make the most of any leftover ISA allowance before you lose it on 6 April.
What kind of ISAs you choose, and how you share your allowance among them, is largely up to you. Opt for whatever combination of cash, stocks and shares, and alternative finance ISAs suits
2) MAXIMISE YOUR TAX-FREE PERSONAL ALLOWANCE
Higher earners have their personal allowance reduced by £1 for every £2 of ‘adjusted net income’ over £100,000. There’s no allowance left for those with income above £125,140. But it may be possible to reclaim some or all of it by using excess income to make a personal pension contribution (which will attract tax relief too).
If you pay more than 20% tax on some of your income, you can claim additional tax relief either by contacting HMRC or via your self-assessment tax return.
Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances. Your circumstances and tax rules may change in the future.
3) PAY MORE INTO YOUR PENSION
Top up your pension contributions. Many people can benefit from tax relief on pension contributions equivalent to as much as 100% of their taxable earnings.
Annual allowance limits can complicate the picture, however, so it’s best to seek advice to maximise this tax relief.
You can do this by topping up your existing employer scheme or setting up your own individual pension.
Of course, it can be easy to forget about your pension once it’s set up. But topping up payments by even a small amount can really add up over time.
If you wish to find out more about adding to your pension, speak to your employer or your financial adviser.
4) MAKE USE OF THE MARRIAGE ALLOWANCE
You could reduce your income tax bill by over £250 for 2021/22 by sharing some of your personal allowance with your spouse. The marriage allowance applies to married couples and civil partnerships in which one is a non-taxpayer and the other a basic rate taxpayer. Consider claiming if one of you has very little or no taxable income.
To find out more visit the Government website.
5) GET TAX RELIEF ON GIFT AID DONATIONS
If you pay enough tax, you can choose to donate to charity through Gift Aid. Your chosen cause will receive an extra 25p for every £1 you give. Higher and additional rate taxpayers can get tax relief on grossed-up donations at the rate of either 20% or 25% (the difference between your rate and the basic rate applied to the donation).
Find out more about how donating through Gift Aid can benefit both you and the causes you want to support.
Visit the Government website to find out more about tax relief on Gift Aid.
6) CHECK YOUR CHILD BENEFIT STATUS
The High Income Child Benefit tax charge comes into effect if your ‘adjusted net income’ (your income before Personal Allowances and after certain tax reliefs) is above £50,000 and you (or your partner) receive Child Benefit. Check to see if increasing your pension contributions would reduce your adjusted net income to below this threshold – letting you keep the full amount of Child Benefit you receive.
Speak to your employer or financial adviser if you want to increase your contributions.
To find out more on Child benefit visit the Government website.
If you require any help or advice with any help of the above tips, please feel free to contact us.