Taxes on savings and dividends are set to top £24bn this fiscal year in what is being seen by some as a fresh attack on savers who have shown prudence and thrift.
Higher interest rates mean that more savers are being drawn into paying tax by crossing the Income Tax savings threshold. Interest earned on savings is only tax-free up to a maximum of £1,000 a year for basic rate taxpayers and £500 for those paying the higher rate. HMRC is expected to raise £6.6bn in 2023-24, which is more than five times higher than two years ago.
.. and those getting dividends
Individuals who own significant dividend-paying stocks or rely on dividends as a primary source of income have also been hit, with the annual Dividend Allowance having been halved from £2,000 to £1,000 in April 2023, and halving again in April 2024, to stand at just £500. The take on Dividend Tax is set to increase by almost £2bn to £17.6bn this tax year, according to new figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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