Income Tax – Basic know how

Basis of Assessment:

Individuals are assessed to Income Tax on their Income in a tax year. This tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April and is known as a ‘Tax Year’.

Personal Allowance:

Every tax payers may be entitled to Personal Allowance, please follow the link to Personal Allowances available to an individual.

All persons resident, ordinarily resident and domiciled in the UK are assessed to UK tax on their worldwide income.

Taxable Income:

All income is included gross in computation. There a number of sources of income e.g.

Income from employment and self employment.
Income arising from ownership of property.
Investment income i.e. saving income.
Income should be accurately classed as each class has different tax rules.

If an income is received net, it should be grosses up to be included in income tax computation. Net income means that some tax has already been deducted at source e.g. Interest Income is always received net after deducting 20% tax.

Investment Income:

Sources include;

Savings Income – Usually Bank and Building Society interests.
Dividend Income- Usually received net of 10% tax credit therefore to be Grosses up to 100% (Dividend received * 100/90)
On dividends, 10% is notional amount which is assumed in income tax computation as the tax amount already deducted at source, however this is only notional amount and is not paid in real terms to HMRC therefore it cannot be claimed back.

To give highest tax savings, personal allowances are deducted from income in the following order

1) Other Income- Employment Income/ Self Employment Income
2) Savings Income
3) Dividends

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