Income Tax

Income tax rates2011/122010/11
Basic rate band - income up to£35,000£37,400
  Starting rate for savings*10%*10%
  Basic rate20%20%
  Dividend ordinary rate10%10%
Higher rate - income over£35,000£37,400
  Higher rate40%40%
  Dividend upper rate32.5%32.5%
Additional rate - income over£150,000£150,000
  Additional rate50%50%
  Dividend additional rate42.5%42.5%

* Starting rate is for savings income up to the starting rate limit of £2,560 within the basic rate band. The rate applies to any balance of the limit remaining after allocating taxable non-savings income.

Income tax ratesNote2011/122010/11
For interest in possession trusts on all income, and other trusts on the first £1,000 of income ("standard rate band"):
dividend ordinary rate
savings income
other income
Income of other trusts above £1,000 is taxed at the special trust rates:
rate applicable to trusts50%50%
dividend trust rate42.5%42.5%
Personal allowance (PA)
under 65
65 to 74*
75 and over*
Blind person's allowance
Married couple's allowance (MCA)
Either partner born before 6 April 1935 (relief restricted to 10%)
Tax Shelters
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) up to£500,000£500,000
Venture Capital Trust (VCT) up to£200,000£200,000
Golden Handshake max.£30,000£30,000
Rent a Room - exempt on gross annual rent up to£4,250£4,250
Construction Industry Scheme deduction rate:
Standard (registered)20%20%
Higher (not registered)30%30%


  1. Ages are as the end of the tax year. Ages for the MCA relate to the elder spouse or civil partner
  2. The higher rates of personal allowances are reduced by £1 for each £2 of excess income over £24,000 until the basic allowance is reached.
  3. Similar limits apply to the married couple's allowance. The reduction in allowance is subject to a minimum level of £2,800. (For couples married before 5 December 2005, only the husband's income is taken into account. For those married on or after 5 December 2005 or in a civil partnership, only the higher earner’s income is taken into account).
  4. For 2011/12 the personal allowance, including the minimum age-related allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 that net adjusted income exceeds £100,000.
  5. Where there are several trusts created by the same settler, the "standard rate band" is divided equally between them, subject to a minimum band of £200 for each trust.