Personal Savings Allowance



  • Atwill
    Atwill Posts: 21
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    So, is HMG/HMRC wrong about the 0% tax on £5,000 Starting Rate for savings?
    "You may also get up to £5,000 of interest and not have to pay tax on it. This is your starting rate for savings.
    The more you earn from other income (for example your wages or pension), the less your starting rate for savings will be" (website:
    Google it as I'm prevented from using hyperlinks

    Same website states (copied direct from it):

    "Personal Savings Allowance

    You may also get up to £1,000 of interest and not have to pay tax on it, depending on which Income Tax Band you’re in. This is your Personal Savings Allowance." 
    (my NB: £1,000 is for Basic Rate 20% Payers)

    I earn less than £18,570 so both £5k Savings Starting Rate and Personal Savings Allowance apply.

    See also moneysavingexpert website Tax-free savings & the starting savings rate. You'll have to copy/paste and Google it as my attempt to use hyperlinks is preventing publishing this

  • Atwill
    Atwill Posts: 21
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    Sorry, Wasn't meant to appear so bold, seems copying from web link caused this
  • Dazed_and_C0nfused
    Dazed_and_C0nfused Posts: 12,796
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    edited 11 July 2022 at 5:02AM
    You may be able to use all three of these,

    Personal Allowance
    Savings starter rate (0%)
    Savings nil rate (0%)

    But the amount of each one depends on your overall tax position.

    Unless a high earner or you have applied for Marriage Allowance the Personal Allowance will be £12,570 and that is used first.

    The savings starter rate is reduced to zero for a lot of people as a result of their earnings being £5,000 more than their Personal Allowance.

    This might be a more helpful guide.
  • Atwill
    Atwill Posts: 21
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    Thanks, although I do fully understand how these allowances work for my situation. I need to reiterate what I originally said, that HMRC is not allowing them when they are valid, as in my case for both of them.

    Their official means calculating tax is found here and if you use figures that do qualify (I suggest £16570 total before tax, total tax paid £600, total interest paid Bank etc £1000, total tax paid on that £0, interest not taxed £0, Gift Aid £0)
    Press "Calculate" then press "Show summary of calculation"

    You'll see that while the tax paid (via PAYE) is correct at £600, the calculation Income Tax Due is £800.

    I shall be interested in your comments!

    Having tried yet again to use a hyperlink am getting blocked with message "You have to be around a little longer to post hyperlinks" whatever that means, so use http etc then copy stc...etc above.

    I also attach an image of this result if unable to access the HMRC calculator

  • Why do you think £600 is correct?

    You have £4,000 of earnings above your Personal Allowance, which need to be taxed at 20%.

    £4,000 x 20% = £800.  Not £600
  • Atwill
    Atwill Posts: 21
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    Because earnings above PA have a £5000 Starting Savings Rate Allowance at 0% in addition to ther £12570 Personal Allowance, as well as a £1000 Personal Savings Allowance.

    Check MSE advice -
    Check Which - 

    They can't all be wrong - or have I got it all wrong?
    (You can copy/paste these links to hyperlink)
  • There is no £5,000 rate band for earnings.

    It is just for interest.
  • Atwill
    Atwill Posts: 21
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    According to Martin Lewis: “You earn between £12,570 and £17,570. This is where it gets a little complicated. To find your combined tax-free allowance, subtract your annual income (excluding anything you earn from savings) from £18,570. So if you earn £13,570/yr, you could then get a further £5,000 in savings interest and pay no tax (though any amount above this would be taxable – done so through your tax code).” 

    Following his example, for me: Subtract £16,570 income excluding savings interest from £18,570 = £2,000, meaning I could earn up to £2,000 in savings interest and pay no tax on it. HMRC calculation arrives at my owing £200 tax on half that amount of £1,000! 

    Perhaps you should take it up with him as a case of severe misinformation.

  • In your example you only have £1,000 of interest, not £2,000.
  • Atwill
    Atwill Posts: 21
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    Have you read the HMRC tax calculation stating £200 tax is due on £1000 of interest, when Mr Lewis clearly states I could earn £2000 of interest without tax? 
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