Scottish Government revises higher rate income tax threshold
5th February 2018 | News
Scotland’s Finance Minister, Derek Mackay, in his proposals for a new five-band income tax system has revised the higher rate threshold to £43,430.
The move was due to an "anomaly" in the original plans which saw those earning between £43,525 and £58,500 getting a tax cut. However, on 31st January this was resolved following negotiations between the SNP and the Greens.
The deal also meant the draft Scottish Budget 2018/19 passed its first parliamentary obstacle by 69 votes to 56, with the backing of the six Green MSPs and two Liberal Democrats, and it is now expected to clear the remaining stages.
When the draft Scottish Budget 2018/19 was presented in December 2017, Mackay had intended on setting the higher rate threshold at £44,273 but has now altered this to £43,430.
Mackay has shaken up the system by adding a 19p "starter rate" and a 21p intermediate rate, while adding 1p to the higher and additional rates to create a five-band system.
Overall, 70% of Scottish taxpayers will pay less, 55% will pay less than they would if they lived elsewhere in the UK. However, 30% will pay more than they did last year - and 45% will pay more than they would if they lived outside of Scotland.
|Bands||Band name||Rate (%)|
|Over £11,850*-£13,850||Starter Rate||19|
|Over £13,850-£24,000||Basic Rate||20|
|Over £24,000-£43,430||Intermediate Rate||21|
|Over £43,430-£150,000**||Higher Rate||41|
|Above £150,000**||Top Rate||46|
* Assumes person is in receipt of the Standard UK Personal Allowance
** Personal Allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 earned over £100,000
At present, Scotland has three income tax bands - a 20p basic rate, a 40p higher rate starting at £43,001 and a 45p additional rate for earnings over £150,000.