Darling’s Increase in Personal Allowance

The Chancellor Alistair Darling has announced an increase in the personal tax allowance of £600 and an adjustment to the higher rate threshold (the total of the personal allowance and basic rate limit).

According to the tax office we do not need to make any adjustments to our tax code numbers at the moment.The emergency code for new employees without a code number remains 543L.
This change is supposed to give 22 million people on low and middle incomes a gain of £120.
Alistair Darling explains this in saying that [the need of the increase in the personal allowance] represented the fairest and most effective way to help those who had lost out due to the abolition of the 10p starting rate announced by Gordon Brown last year in his final Budget as Chancellor”

From September, all basic rate taxpayers would get a one-off increase of £60, followed by a monthly increase of £10 for the rest of the year.

By giving £600 extra to the personal tax allowance, the government also reduces the threshold at which an individual starts to pay tax at the higher rate by £600. People used to pay basic rate tax on earnings up to £36,000 above their personal allowance but higher rate tax will now apply at £34,800 and as a result 150,000 people will become higher rate tax payers.
Still confused about all these changes in the tax system? Taxfile’s tax accountants in South London and Exeter are here to help for any tax issues you might have. Visit their website or call them on 020 8761 8000 and find all the answers to your questions.

Student Loan Deduction

Student Loans are considered to be a financial support package for students in higher education in the UK with the Government’s help. They are available to help students meet their expenses while they are studying.
HM Revenue & Customs is responsible for collecting repayments of Student Loans in cases where the borrower is within the UK tax system and is no longer in higher education.
The loans are still administered by the Student Loans Company.
In most cases the employer collects Student Loan repayments by making deductions from the borrower’s pay .
The employer has the following responsibilities:
• making deductions of Student Loan repayments from thee the employee’s wages
•keeping records of the deductions made
•paying the deductions over to HM Revenue & Customs
•providing HM Revenue & Customs with details of the deductions at the year end
•giving the employee details of the deductions on their payslips
•identifying on form P45, when the employee leaves your employment, that they are liable to make Student Loan repayments.
There is an Annual Threshold, currently £15,000, below which Student Loan repayments are not due. Employers making Student Loan deductions apply a proportion of the threshold appropriate to the pay period in calculating the amount of Student Loan repayment to deduct.
The rate of deduction when calculating the amount of Student Loan deduction is 9%.
Deductions are made on a non-cumulative basis. In order to deduct the right amount from the employee’s pay than the employer has to look up the Student Loan Deduction Tables on the HM Revenue & Customs website.
If you need to know more about the way Student Loans deductions work out, Taxfile’s tax agents in South London can help you get a better understanding of it.