The starting rate for savings lets many UK individuals earn up to £5,000 in savings interest without paying income tax on it. Check if you’re eligible and how the £5,000 is tapered for those earning more than others.
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How Does the Starting Rate for Savings Work?
The starting rate for savings entitles UK individuals with taxable income of up to £17,570 to earn up to £5,000 in bank interest tax-free. The allowance is reduced for those earning over the personal allowance.
The personal allowance is £12,570 for the tax year 2023-24**
**the tax year runs from 6 April 2023 to 5 April 2024
How is the Starting Rate for Savings Reduced?
The starting rate for savings is reduced by £1 for every £1 a person earns over the personal allowance. That means by the time they earn £17,570 they are no longer eligible to claim the allowance.
In the tax year 2023-24, you earn £14,000 from your employment and receive £500 of interest on your savings. You have used up your personal allowance through your payslip, so your starting rate for savings is reduced by £1,430 (£14,000 – £12,570).
Your starting rate for savings is £3,570 (£5,000 – £1,430), meaning you do not have to pay income tax on your savings.
SUMMARY OF UK SAVINGS TAX ALLOWANCES
- Taxable income up to £12,570 – entitled to the starting rate for savings of £5,000 tax-free interest income;
- Taxable income from £12,571 to £17,570 – entitled to the starting rate for savings meaning £5,000 tapered for earnings up to £17,570 and £1,000 personal savings allowance;
- Taxable income from £17,571 to £50,270 – entitled to £1,000 personal savings allowance;
- A taxable income from £50,271 to £150,000 – entitled to £500 personal savings allowance;
- Taxable income over £150,000 – no entitlement to the starting rate for savings or personal savings allowance.