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What are the personal tax allowance rates for 2020/21?

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Here are a few figures worth knowing in 2020/21 to help maximise your tax allowances and exemptions:

Personal taxation: the National Insurance threshold is £9,500 and the Personal Allowance remains the same as last year, at £12,500.

Pensions:

  • The Annual Allowance for pensions is £40,000 and begins to taper (to a minimum of £4,000) for those who have an income above £240,000.
  • The Lifetime Allowance – the maximum amount you can have in a pension over a lifetime – has increased to £1,073,100.
  • From April, the new single-tier State Pension has risen to £175.20 per week and the older basic State Pension increased to £134.25 per week.

Savings: the annual amount you can save into a JISA (Junior Individual Savings Account) or Child Trust Fund has increased substantially, from £4,368 to £9,000. The ISA (Individual Savings Account) allowance, including the Lifetime ISA allowance if used, is £20,000.

Inheritance Tax (IHT): the current IHT nil-rate threshold is £325,000 for individuals and £650,000 for a married couple or civil partners. Beyond these thresholds, IHT is usually payable at a rate of 40%. The main residence nil-rate band, which may apply if you leave your main residence to a direct descendant, is £175,000.

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