Government Could Now Be Looking at Unfreezing Personal Tax Allowances and Thresholds

After an astonishing U-turn, the Government may be looking at other tax-cutting measures, says leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

Robert Pullen, a tax partner at the firm, said: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng now looked at other tax-cutting measures for the Autumn Budget on 23rd November, but they will need to tread very carefully given the recent social and political backlash and will need a fully costed plan to substantiate any changes.’

He added: ‘I expect the Government has asked the Treasury to start looking at.’

  • Unfreezing the personal tax allowances and thresholds are increased in line with inflation.
  • Removing the £100,000 personal allowance taper which creates a 60% marginal rate of income tax.
  • Raising the Child Benefit threshold from the current £50,000 level or abolishing this completely.
  • Abolishing the pension annual allowance taper when someone’s income reaches £240,000.

Such measures (or a combination) could cost far more than the estimated £2 billion from abolishing the 45% additional income tax rate but would appear more popular.

Robert added: ‘The Government could also look at other policies that would be universally popular like a fully transferrable personal allowance or just an increase to £15,000 to help those struggling. While any movement here would be welcomed (though not to be expected), the damage of September’s mini-budget may well be ‘maxi’ to the Tory party itself for years to come.’

He added: ‘While the Government will now retain the 45% additional rate of income tax for someone earning over £150,000, additional rate taxpayers will still have the benefit of the reversal of the National Insurance increase from 6 November 2022 and reducing the basic rate of income tax by 1% from 6th April 2023. Someone earning £200,000 will be better off by £1,833 per annum, compared to the current tax year.’

The net result of all this is that anyone earning over the personal allowance is still better off due to the health and social care levy being removed from NIC (1.25% cut) from 6th November, as well as the cut in the basic rate of tax from 20% to 19% from April 2023.

‘A person earning £1 million a year will therefore still be £7,666 up per annum, which is significantly more than the £218 that someone at £20,000 will be better off. However, it is not quite as much as the over £50,000 increase in their take-home pay that they would have seen if the 45% rate was abolished (a person at £20,000 would still only be £218 better off under those proposals).’

Robert concluded: ‘Retaining the 45% additional rate of income tax will presumably mean the highest rate of dividend tax will remain at 38.1%, and additional rate taxpayers will not be able to benefit from the £500 personal savings allowance, but the Chancellor’s early morning announcement was silent on this detail.’