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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Scotland's Budget Further Complicates The Tax System

The Scottish Parliament has passed its Budget Bill for 2018/19, which introduces five tax bands and rates for Scottish taxpayers. These new rates will have knock-on effects for certain income tax reliefs and allowances.

Rebecca Cave has identified a particular complication wrt the marriage allowance:
"The marriage allowance is causing some headaches within HMRC, as it can only be claimed by couples where the higher earner pays no more than the basic rate of tax (rest of UK rate). However, for Scottish taxpayers the basic rate band will be divided into the starter rate (19%), basic rate (20%) and the intermediate rate (21%) in 2018/19.

It is likely that a claim for the marriage allowance will remain valid for all Scottish taxpayers who pay tax at less than the Scottish higher rate (41%), but that has yet to be decided."
Good luck to the taxpayers of Scotland and HMRC in sorting this out!

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  1. I have every confidence that HMRC will handle these changes in their routine professional way. They are an organisation of highly skilled & well motivated staff of the highest integrity. That's what their sycophants said anyway...

    Back in the real world, those able to take a more balanced view will order a truck load of pop corn as they watch the incompetents mess it all up again...

    1. Wasn't ever so in the civil service where sycophancy is the means of promotion.