Tax & admin · 22 November 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: Tax-free personal allowance extended to £11,850

Spring Budget 2017
The new personal allowance will leave the typical basic rate tax payer £1,075 a year better off compared to 2010

Low paid workers, freelancers and micro business owners will have a greater tax-free income in 2018, after the chancellor extended the lower personal allowance £11,850.

In his Autumn Budget speech, chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed an increase of the personal allowance from £11,500 to £11,850, giving a tax-free boost of £350 to those on basic incomes.

Hammond claimed this will mean a £1,075 reduction in the amount of tax paid by a typical taxpayer in the 2018/19 tax year. The extension applies to all tax payers earning below £100,000.

The government has previously pledged to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 by the 2020/21 tax year.

However, with the UK’s inflation rate reaching three per cent, the increase to the tax-free personal allowance means a real terms increase of 0.04 per cent.

Hammond also confirmed the extension of the higher rate. As of 2018, the level at which earners enter the 40 per cent tax band will rise from £45,000 to £46,350.

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Simon Caldwell is deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and communications from the University of Liverpool, and has previously worked as a content editor in local government and the ecommerce industry.


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