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2019/20 Tax Year Changes – How Could You Be Affected?

The tide of tax is turning – let’s get you ready for the 2019/2020 tax year changes

tax year changes

As always, the new tax year brought a number of changes. And as a limited company director, it’s likely that some of these changes will impact you directly. To help get you up to speed, we’ve put together a rundown with some of the new changes.

Personal allowance

The 2019/20 tax year will see the personal allowance rise from £11,850 to £12,500. The higher rate threshold is also increasing from £46,350 to £50,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Dividend allowance

If you pay yourself in dividends through your limited company, the allowance is remaining at £2,000. This means you’ll get to earn £2,000 as dividends before paying tax. Beyond this, you’ll pay tax on dividends at 7.5% if you’re a basic rate taxpayer, 32.5% for a higher rate, and 38.1% for an additional rate.

You can discover more about your dividends in our guide here.

Student loan threshold

The earning thresholds for student loan repayments have also increased as follows:

Plan 1 has increased from £18,330 to £18,935.

Plan 2 has increased from £25,000 to £25,725.

Pensions contributions

The lifetime allowance has increased from £1,030,000 to £1,055,000.

Childcare voucher scheme

Employer-Supported Childcare stopped allowing new applicants from 4th October 2018. In its place, the government have implemented the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme.  If you’re looking for more information about how these changes could affect you, we’ve put together a guide for your reference.

Want to know more?

There’s a lot to take in when the new tax year rolls around and getting your finances in order isn’t always easy. As your accounting partner, our resources hub is here to help you with all you need to know about contracting, from tax and insurance, starting up and everything in between.

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