Tax and rates allowances 2019/20 for freelancers

As a freelancer, you may have to deal with taxes by yourself, or you might have a freelancer accountant to help you manage your finances. Whatever your financial situation its good to have an insight into the latest tax rates and allowances. These are the tax rates for the upcoming tax year 2019/2020. Although, these may change due to Brexit when the Spring Statment is announced. 

Tax and rates allowances 201920

Corporation Tax

  • You have to pay 19% Corporation Tax if your profit falls below £300,000.
  • If your annual profit exceeds £300,000 then you have to also pay 19% Corporation Tax. You can find out more in our corporation tax guide.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

  • You have to register for VAT if your turnover over the past 12 months is £85,000 or more.
  • The de-registration threshold is £83,000.

Dividend Tax

  • Tax on dividends is paid at a rate set by HMRC on all dividend payments received.
  • Anyone with dividend income will receive £2,000 tax-free, no matter what non-dividend income they have.
  • Dividend basic rate is 7.5%. £0 to £37,500 on taxable income over the Personal Allowance In England.
  • The dividend higher rate is 32.5%. £37,501 to £150,000 on taxable income over the Personal Allowance In England
  • Dividend additional rate is 38.1%. Over £150,000 of taxable income.

Income Tax – Personal Allowance

  • The personal allowance (the amount you can earn before any income becomes taxable) is £12,500.
  • You will not receive a tax-free personal allowance at all if you earn £123,700 or more.

Income Tax Bands

  • The basic rate band is 20% and applies to income up to £50,000.
  • The higher rate band is 40% and applies to income from £50,001 to £150,000.
  • The upper (additional) rate band is 45% and applies to income of £150,000 and above.

National Insurance Contributions (NICs)

  • If you run a company (or work for one), then Class 1 NICs apply.
  • Employees’ Class 1 NICs are payable at 12% on salaries received between £166 and £962 per week. Any earnings above the upper earning limit (£962) will be taxed at 2%.
  • Employers’ Class 1 NICs are payable at 13.8% on earnings above £166 per week.
  • For sole traders and partnerships, you pay Class 2 and Class 4 NICs.
  • Class 2 NICs are payable at £3.00 per week and are paid by anyone earning £6,365 or more through self-employment during the tax year.
  • Class 4 NICs are paid on profits you make as a self-employed person. The Class 4 NIC rate is 9% of annual profits between £8,4632 and £50,000, and an additional 2% on profits above £50,000 per year.

Pensions Savings Tax Relief

  • The annual allowance limit remains at £40,000.
  • The maximum tax-free lump sum is 25% of your pension pot.

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs)

  • The overall ISA investment limit remains £20,000.

Capital Gains Tax

  • If you pay higher rate income tax you’ll pay 28% on your gains from residential property, and 20% on your gains from other chargeable assets.
  • If you pay basic rate income tax you’ll pay 18% on your gains from residential property, and 20% on your gains from other chargeable assets.
  • You’ll pay 10% if you’re a sole trader or partnership and your gains qualify for Entrepreneurs’ Relief.
  • Each individual has an annual CGT exemption of £12,500.

Capital Allowances

  • The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is £200,000 and has remained at this since 2016.
  • First-year allowances remain at 100%.

Inheritance Tax

  • The Inheritance Tax Threshold (IHT) remains at £325,000. The standard inheritance tax rate is 40% of anything over the £325,000 threshold.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

The SDLT regime rates are as follows, charged on a progressive basis (i.e. no longer just on the band into which the purchase price falls):

  • Up to £125,000 – no tax
  • £125,001 – £250,000 – 2%
  • £250,001 – £925,000 – 5%
  • £925,001 – £1,500,000 – 10%
  • £1,500,000 or more – 12%

More on tax rates for 2018/19 and tax advice