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Rawlinson Pryde & Partners - Bedford Accountants

We are friendly and approachable Bedford Accountants and Registered Auditors, who offer a wide range of services; serving both small and large clients in Bedford, the surrounding towns and those much further afield. With a large number of staff who are ACCA Qualified Accountants and with specialist Chartered Tax Advisers, we are able to offer a quality service and take pride in our accountancy services at competitive rates. Being Bedford Accountants makes us easily accessible via road and rail. Our Accountants are always happy to travel from our Bedford office to your premises for meetings at your convenience.

Banks to stop taking tax on interest paid

 From 6 April 2015 you won’t have to pay tax on interest received if your total income is less than £15,600.

As part of a wider relaxation for savers, the recent Budget pledged to introduce a Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) from 6 April 2016. The main features of the new PSA are:

  1. If your taxable income is less than £42,700 the first £1,000 of your savings income will not be taxed.
  2. If your taxable income is between £42,701 and £150,000 a year the first £500 of your savings income will not be taxed.
  3. If your taxable income is over £150,000 a year you will not be eligible to claim the PAS and all your savings income (interest received) will be taxed.

At present, the banks (including building societies) deduct tax at 20% before they credit you with interest paid on your savings. In order to accommodate the new PAS, from 6 April 2016 these deductions will cease and interest will be paid gross, without deduction of tax.

Savers in receipt of significant interest receipts, and those paying income tax at the 40% or 45% rates, should take care to reserve part of their interest received to cover any income tax due; otherwise, what you receive from the banks after 6 April 2016 may create unexpected and unwelcome income bills…