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ISAs

  Until April 5 2013 From 
April 6 2013
Change
Annual allowance £11,280 £11,520 + £240
Cash element £5,640 £5,760 + £120
Junior ISA allowance £3,600 £3,720 +£120
Child Trust Fund allowance £3,600 £3,720 +£120

Inheritance Tax

  2012-2013 2013-2014 Change
Personal allowance £325,000 £325,000 £0
Couple's allowance £650,000 £650,000 £0

Capital gains tax allowance

Changes were made to the rate at which Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is paid in the coalition government's Emergency Budget in 2010. The rates of CGT remain at 18% for non and basic rate taxpayers, while higher and additional rate taxpayers, as well as most trusts, will pay at a rate of 28%. The CGT allowance will increase in line with Consumer Prices Index (CPI) (then 1% in 2014-15).

  2012-2013 2013-2014 Change
Individuals £10,600 £10,900 +£300

Pension Scheme - Personal Allowance

As of April 6, 2012 the lifetime allowance for pension savings was reduced by £300,000 from £1.8million to £1.5million and will remain at the same level from April 6, 2013.

For any pension scheme members who have already built up savings in excess of £1.5 million, or have planned to do so as they were unaware that the lifetime allowance would not reduce from the current level, there will be a new form of protection called 'fixed protection'. For more information,click here

  2012-2013 2013-2014 Change
Annual allowance £50,000 £50,000 £0
Lifetime allowance £1,500,000 £1,500,000 £0

Income Tax - Personal Allowances

  2012-2013 From April 2013 Change
Those born after April 5, 1948* £8,105 £9,440 +£1,335
Those born between April 6, 1938 and April 5, 1948* £10,500 £10,500 £0
Those born before April 6, 1938 £10,660 £10,660 £0
Married couple's allowance*^ (for people born before April 6, 1935) maximum allowance £7,705 £7,915 +£210

Married couple's allowance^ (minimum amount) £2,960 £3,040 +£80
Income limit for age-related allowances £25,400 £26,100 +£700
Blind person’s allowance £2,100 £2,160 +£60

* These allowances may be lower depending on your income. As of 2013-14, an individual’s personal allowance will based upon date of birth and income in the tax year. For more information on how age-related allowances work, click here.

Married couple's allowance is given at the rate of 10%. It applies to couples where at least one spouse was born before April 6 1935.

Income: Taxable bands

  2012-2013 2013-2014
Basic Rate 20% £0 - £34,370 £0 - £32,010
Higher Rate 40% £34,371 - £150,000 £32,011 - £150,000
Additional Rate 45% from April 6, 2013 (formerly 50%) Over £150,000 Over £150,000

Stamp Duty

Rate Residential in advantaged areas* Residential outside disadvantaged areas* Non-residential
  Total value of consideration
Zero £0 - £150,000 £0 - £125,000 £0 - £150,000
1% £150,001 - £250,000 £125,001 - £250,000 £150,001 - £250,000
3% £250,001 - £500,000 £250,001 - £500,000 £250,001 - £500,000
4% £500,001 to £1million £500,001 to £1million Over £500,000
5% Over £1million to £2million Over £1million to £2million N/A
7% Over £2million Over £2million N/A
15% Over £2million bought by corporate bodies Over £2million bought by corporate bodies N/A

* To find out whether the area you are looking to buy in is classed as disadvantaged, click here.

Source: HMRC

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