• Date

    18 Apr 2024
  • Category

    Tax Planning

A new tax year: What you need to be aware of

The start of a new tax year can be a confusing time for both individuals and businesses, with a raft of changes (both good and bad) coming into force. The 2024/25 tax year, which started on 6 April, is no different.

In order to help you understand where you stand and to assist with tax planning for the coming year, we’ve summarised below the changes which may have an impact on you.

  • Employee National Insurance – Following the Class 1 employees’ rate cut on 6 January, another 2% reduction has now come into effect. This means the rate now stands at 8% (originally 12% prior to 6 January).
  • Self-employed National Insurance – The rate for self-employed individuals has now dropped to 6% from 9%.
  • Minimum wage – Workers aged 21 and above are now entitled to the National Living Wage rate of £11.44 per hour. This was previously £10.18 for workers over 21 years old and £10.42 for those over 23.
  • High income child benefit charge - The £50k tapering threshold has increased to £60k and the top taper threshold has risen from £60k to £80k with the clawback being 1% for every £200 of income over £60,000. The charge will be reformed from April 2026, moving to a fairer “household based” assessment.
  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) - The rate of CGT on residential properties has been reduced from 28% to 24% for higher rate taxpayers. CGT is paid on the gain when a residential property which is not the individual’s main residence is sold or disposed of. In addition to this, the CGT allowance has also been cut by £3,000, meaning it’s now £3,000. This was £12,300 in the 2022/23 tax year, so there’s been a significant reduction.
  • Tax-free dividend allowance – The amount tax-free now stands at £500. This was also reduced from £2,000 to £1,000 in the previous tax year.
  • Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) – While a £20,000 investment limit applies over the tax year for each ISA, individuals are now able to open more than one cash ISA. It’s also now possible to complete partial transfers between ISA providers during the tax year, with it originally only being possible to move the full investment amount.

Our tax planning summary

We would also recommend our latest summary of tax planning opportunities available to you. You can download the summary here.

We are always here to help

It’s important that you ensure you’re aware of all tax reliefs and allowances you may be entitled to so that you can flag these accordingly - as well as where you stand in relation to any changes that came into force from 6 April.

If you would like to discuss your specific circumstances and any possible tax saving measures, please speak to our specialist Wealth Management team.


Information correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change in future. This article is for general information only and is not intended to be advice to any specific person. You are recommended to seek professional advice before taking or refraining from taking action on the basis of the contents of this article.

Azets Wealth Management is a trading name of Azets Wealth Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered Office: Bulman House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3LS. Company Number 05674020. Incorporated in England. Azets Wealth Management Limited is a subsidiary of Azets Holdings Limited.

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