Pre 6 April tax planning
Make the most of tax allowances
As we head towards April now is the time to think about pre-tax year planning, doing the year end administration and filing the necessary forms to HMRC.
Time is running out to make the most of your tax allowances this year. The first step to making the most of your tax allowances can mean looking closely at your pension. UK residents under 75 can add money to a pension and receive tax relief on it. You’ll automatically get basic rate tax relief (currently 20%) paid into your pension by the government.
If you pay tax at a higher rate you could get up to a further 25%, but you will need to claim it by declaring any pension contributions you have made on your tax return.
The annual allowance is the maximum you can invest in your pension each year that would be eligible for tax relief. It is currently £40,000, or your entire income, whichever is the smaller and there are lifetime allowances to consider.
If you run a limited company then there are some actions you could consider such as dividend and salary planning, purchasing capital items to maximise capital allowances, research and development tax credits and a range of other matters.