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Personal Savings Allowance

Summary

See below for information about the Personal Savings Allowance scheme, how much you’ll get based on the tax you pay, and possible answers to any other questions you might have.

What is a Personal Savings Allowance?

On 6 April 2016, the government introduced a Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) meaning the vast majority of savers won’t pay tax on their savings interest.

The Personal Savings Allowance is the amount of interest that can be earned tax free and is different depending on what rate of tax you pay. It’s an annual allowance and applies to a tax year (6th April to the 5th April).

  • Basic-rate (20%) taxpayers will be able to earn £1,000 interest with no tax.
  • Higher-rate (40%) taxpayers will be able to earn £500 interest with no tax.
  • Additional-rate (45%) taxpayers do not get an allowance.

How would a Personal Savings Allowance affect me?

From 6 April 2016, we’ll pay gross interest on your savings accounts. (i.e without the deduction of tax). Which means you’ll no longer need to tell us that you qualify for tax-free interest.

You’ll be responsible for paying any tax you owe on the interest. However HMRC will normally collect the tax by changing your tax code. If you fill in a Self Assessment tax return, you should carry on doing this as normal.

If I can likely save tax-free with a Personal Savings Allowance, what about ISAs?

It depends on your personal circumstances, but ISAs are still attractive because:

  • The interest you earn on an ISA is tax-free and so does not count towards your PSA.
  • An ISA is protected from tax, year after year.
  • Spouses can inherit their deceased partner’s ISA whereas you can’t inherit a PSA.
  • As rates rise you’re likely to earn more interest so your PSA will be used quicker.
  • Any interest earned on non-ISA accounts that is above the PSA will still be taxed.

Where can I get more information on the Personal Savings Allowance?

For more information on the Personal Savings Allowance (PSA), visit gov.uk/hmrc/savingsallowance

For more information about interest on childrens’ savings accounts, visit gov.uk/savings-for-children

Any reference to tax is based on our understanding of current tax regulations which may change in the future and depends on your individual financial circumstances.

The Co-operative Bank reserves the right to decline or accept any application and/or deposit.

  • Remember you can subscribe to a Co-operative Bank/ Britannia Cash ISA as long as you have not subscribed to another cash ISA with another provider in the current tax year.

smile, The Co-operative Bank and Britannia are trading names of The Co-operative Bank plc, which is a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

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