This rolling planner tracks the key tax announcements that impact the 2024-25 tax year and beyond. This planner is updated on an ongoing basis. 

A guide for subscribers.

  • Spring Budget 2024 was held on 6 March 2024.
  • Finance Act 2024 received Royal Assent on 22 February 2024.
  • For details of ongoing consultations and proposals in the 2023-24 tax year see our 2023-24 Tax Planner and Rolling Update 

Income Tax, claims & reliefs

Income Tax 

Income Tax rates, allowances and thresholds

From 6 April 2024: 

  • The Personal allowance remains at £12,570 and the basic rate band remains at £37,700.
  • These are frozen until April 2028. 
  • The Blind person's allowance increases from £2,870 to £3,070.
  • The Married couple's allowance, where one spouse is born before 6 April 1935:
    • The maximum allowance increases from £10,375 to £11,080 and the minimum amount from £4,010 to £4,280.
    • The rate of the allowance remains 10%.
    • The income limit, at which the allowance becomes restricted is £34,600. When this is exceeded the allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 exceeding the limit, down to the minimum of £4,010.
  • The Transferable Marriage Allowance remains at £1,260.
  • The Additional Rate Threshold (ART) remains £125,140.

See Income Tax rates & allowances


Savings 

No changes to rates and allowances for 2024-25:

  • The starting rate for savings income limit remains at £5,000
  • ISA , junior ISA and child trust funds limits remain at £20,000, £9,000 and £9,000.

Spring Budget 2024 announced the introduction of a UK-focused ISA.

  • It gives an additional £5,000 allowance to the current £20,000 limit for those investing in the new ISA, ideally supporting UK companies.
  • HM Treasury opened a Consultation inviting views on how to design and implement the UK ISA. It runs from 6 March 2024 to 6 June 2024.

 See ISA Guide (Subscribers)

Help to Save reform

  • It was announced at the 2023 Autumn Statement that the government is reforming the Help to Save scheme.
  • Consultation which ran from 27 April to 22 June 2023.

See Help to Save scheme


Dividend tax

From 6 April 2024:

  • The dividend allowance reduces to £500 from £1,000.
  • Rates remain at: Basic rate 8.75%  Higher rate 33.75%, and Additional rate 39.35% 

See Dividend tax


High-Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC)

From 6 April 2024

  • Adjusted net income threshold for the High-Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) rises from £50,000 to £60,000.
  • For individuals with income above £80,000, the tax charged will be equal to the amount of the Child Benefit payment.
  • For those with income between £60,000 and £80,000, the rate at which HICBC is charged is halved.
    • This will be equal to one per cent for every £200 of income that exceeds £60,000.
    • The amount of Child Benefit payable will be unaffected by these changes.
  • For new Child Benefit claims made after 6 April 2024, any backdated payment will be treated for HICBC purposes as if the entitlement fell in the 2024 to 2025 tax year if backdating would otherwise create a HICBC liability in the 2023 to 2024 tax year.
  • There will be a consultation on creating a household-based system from April 2026.
  • There will be a consultation on the rules for allowing HMRC to collect details of household income.

See High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC)

Gift Aid

From TBC:

  • The Gift Aid legislation will be amended to ensure that eligible charities which operate subscription models can continue to claim Gift Aid while complying with the Digital Markets, Competition, and Consumers Bill.
  • It is intended that these amendments to the Gift Aid regime will be in place by the time the relevant provisions of the Bill come into force.

See Gift Aid: How it works


Basis year reform

  • The measure required a transitional period in 2023-24 and is fully operative from April 2024.
  • Where higher profits arise in 2023-24 due to the change in basis, an automatic five-year spreading rule will apply to the additional profits.
  • Consultation: Income Tax Basis Period reform and Responses to the consultation

See Basis Year Reform and Accounting periods and basis periods


Making Tax Digital for Income Tax (MTD for SA)

  • From April 2026: self-employed businesses and landlords with business turnover above £50,000 report under MTD for Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA).
  • From April 2027: self-employed businesses and landlords with business turnover above £30,000 report under MTD for ITSA
  • From tba: other Income Tax, general partnerships and partnerships.

See Making Tax Digital Index & Timeline


Free Childcare

The Childcare (Free of Charge for Working Parents) (England) Regulations 2022 provide that:

From April 2024:

  • Children from the age of two will be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare.
  • Children from 3 to 4 will be entitled to 15 hours of childcare, which can be increased to 30 if the parents are eligible (see below).

From September 2024:

  • Children from the age of 9 months will be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare.
  • Children from 3 to 4 will be entitled to 15 hours of childcare, which can be increased to 30 if the parents are eligible (see below).

From September 2025:

  • Working parents of all children over 9 months but under 5 will be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare, this can be increased to 30 if the parents are eligible (see below).

It is worth noting that the free hours of childcare are for 38 weeks of the year.

See Childcare: Free and Tax-free Childcare


Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) extension

  • Finance Act 2024 to extended the existing sunset clauses for the EIS and VCT schemes from 6 April 2025 to 6 April 2035.
  • This will continue the availability of Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax reliefs for investors in new shares issued before 6 April 2035 by EIS-qualifying companies and VCTs. 

See EIS Subscriber Guide


Consultation: charities tax compliance: responses awaited

  • In April 2023, HM Revenue and Customs launched a consultation ‘Charities tax compliance’ which explores possible changes allowing HMRC to tackle charities that obtain reliefs in ways that are not intended. 
  • The consultation ran from 27 April to 20 July 2023. 

 See Charities tax compliance consultation


Expanding the cash basis

From 6 April 2024

  • Finance Act 2024 makes the cash basis the default method for calculating trading profits for the self-employed and partnerships.
    • The turnover, interest, and loss relief restrictions will be removed from the cash basis (note: losses subject to the Cap on Income Tax reliefs).
    • Businesses not wishing to calculate their profits using the cash basis will need to make an election to use the accruals basis.
  • The measure does not affect companies, property businesses, or businesses that are otherwise excluded from using the cash basis, such as mixed partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, or businesses claiming farmers’ or artists’ averaging relief.
  • This follows a previous consultation. See Consultation: Expanding the Cash Basis
  • Policy paper: Expanding the Income Tax cash basis for self-employed individuals and partnerships

See Cash Basis for Income Tax


Cryptoassets reporting

From 6 April 2024:

  • Reporting changes on Self Assessment tax return forms SA108 (Capital gains summary page) and SA905 (Trust and estate capital gains page) requiring amounts in respect of cryptoassets to be separately identified.
  • The changes will be introduced on the forms for the tax year 2024-25.