From 6th April 2010 the following points maybe of concern to Higher Rate Taxpayers:-

  • No increase to the £6,475 personal allowance and the basic rate tax threshold of £37,400.
  • Up to 60% effective tax rate on adjusted net income between £100,000 and £112,950, as individuals at these levels of income will lose part or all of their personal allowance.
  • A special annual allowance tax charge on pension contributions/accrual in excess of £20,000 or in certain cases £30,000 for people with relevant income of at least £130,000 in the 2010/2011 tax year or in either of the previous 2 tax years.
  • 42½% tax rate on dividend income and 50% tax rate on other income over £150,000.
  • From 6th April 2010 an effective restriction to higher rate tax relief on pension contributions/accrual for individuals with gross income of at least £150,000, or pre-tax income of £130,000 where the addition of employer pension contributions takes their gross income up to £150,000.

The main things to consider in order to potentially reduce your income tax liability are listed below:-

  1. Review your level and method of pension contributions.
  2. Invest in non-income producing investments.
  3. Make gift aid donations.

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