From 2015/16 the starting rate for savings income is reduced to 0% and the savings rate band is increased to £5,000.

This means that where a person’s taxable non-savings income is not more than £5,000, it will be possible to receive a significant amount of savings income tax-free (and to reclaim any tax suffered at source).

The personal allowance for 2015/16 is to increase to £10,500.

This means that a person can receive savings income of up to £15,500 in 2015/16 before paying any tax on that income. This is in addition to any tax-free savings income derived from NISAs, etc.

To ensure that the opportunity to benefit from tax-free savings income is not wasted, it is beneficial to plan ahead. Couples should review their affairs to ensure that best possible use is made of the savings rate.

Contact us if you wish to discuss this further.