The tax year end is nearly here – 5th April.
Now is a great time to review your financial and tax position to make sure you have made the most of the legitimate tax planning opportunities available to you.
Here are a few quick things for you to think about:
- Have you made the most of your ISA (Individual Savings Account) Allowance? The limit for 2017/18 is £20,000. This gives you tax free growth on your savings.
- Have you taken advantage of your Capital Gains tax allowance of £11,300? This is the amount you can make tax-free on the sales of assets. You may decide to sell an asset before the 5thApril date if you haven’t used this allowance or defer the sale if you have. Also consider crystallising and using capital losses to offset gains if you have made gains over your allowance in the year.
- Consider tax efficient investments such as EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme), SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) or VCT (Venture Capital Trust) which can offer income tax reductions and with EIS and SEIS, capital gains tax deferrals.
- Don’t forget to invest in your pension, there are tax breaks for pension payments, the end of the tax year is a good time to review this. For those with incomes over £120,000 – pension rule changes could have a significant impact on the contributions you can make – and you should speak to your tax or financial adviser.
- Charitable donations, made under Gift Aid, also afford tax relief to higher rate taxpayers, and the charity gets a little extra too.
- Have you taken advantage of your annual gift allowance for Inheritance Tax? You can give away up to £3,000 per tax year with no charge to IHT (Inheritance Tax).
- Earning over £100,000 in a tax year introduces an effective tax rate of 60% over some of your income. You need to think about how your income can be adjusted to avoid suffering tax at this punitive rate.
- If you own a business, there are different ways of getting the money out and maybe paying less in personal taxes and national insurance. It is a good idea to review this with your accountant regularly as the rules change all the time to ensure you are doing this in the most tax efficient manner possible.
- Have you made a will? If not, you should and review the assets you hold – this can help with inheritance tax, capital gains tax and even income tax each year
There is still time to take action and if you want any help or advice on any of the above points, just give us a call on 01273 739592 or drop us an email on and we would be delighted to help you.