Our website uses cookies to enhance the visitor experience (what's a cookieCookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit a website. They are mainly used as a way of improving the website functionalities or to provide more advanced statistical data.). Are you happy for us to use cookies during your visits?
Please note: continuing without making a choice equates to giving us your consent, which you can withdraw at any time via our cookies policy page.

Rates and Allowances for 2008/09

Newsletter issue - November 07.

The tax free personal allowances that will apply from 6 April 2008 have been announced, together with the rates and thresholds for National Insurance.

The main personal allowance for those aged under 65 will be £5435. This is the tax free amount you can earn in a tax year.

The personal allowances for those aged over 65 have increased by almost 20%, but the income limit which restricts the benefit of these allowances to those with relatively low incomes has only increased by 4%. This means some retired people may believe they will receive far more income tax free from April 2008, but in reality if their pensions have increased by the rate of inflation they are unlikely to benefit.

The rates of National Insurance remain the same with slight increases in the bands the rates are applicable to. If you run your own company you can pay yourself between £4,680 and £5,435 per year from 6 April 2008 and pay no NI, but still receive a NI credit towards your state pension.

The upper thresholds for NI class 1 (paid by employees) and class 4 (paid by the self-employed) have been increased to help bring them in line with the point where the 40% rate of income tax becomes payable. This alignment will not be complete until 2009. However, this increase in the NI upper threshold means more of your wages or profits carry NI at the main rate: 11% for employees or 8% for self-employed, so you are likely to pay more NI overall in 2008/09 than in 2007/08. NI at 1% is also due on all profits or wages received above the upper thresholds. So having income such as dividends that NI does not apply to will be even more beneficial.

  • Auto enrolment icon

    Auto Enrolment

    Workplace pensions rules are changing.
    Be prepared for auto enrolment, see how we
    can help and read up on our guidance notes.


  • Cloud accounting icon

    Cloud Accounting

    With our online bookkeeping packages, our support
    services are only a click away.
    Discover cloud accountancy solutions to bring your finances up to date.

  • Pay less tax icon

    Pay Less Tax

    Our experienced tax advisors can help you
    make the most of your options to reduce
    your tax bills.


  • Make more profit icon

    Make More Profit

    From business plans to management accounts,
    our business services will ensure you are in
    control of your business finances.


  • Source finance icon

    Source Finance

    Our experienced partners can guide you
    in getting the finance you need to make
    your business grow. Read our guides or
    contact us for a free consultation.

  • Outsource your payroll icon

    Outsource Your Payroll

    Let us handle payroll compliance for your
    business. We can deal with HMRC on your
    behalf, and take the stress out of RTI.