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All interest paid on accounts other than ISAs is taxable, but banks and building societies no longer have to deduct tax from the interest they pay to you. However, for most taxpayers the rate of tax payable on the interest is 0%, so no tax is in fact payable.

This zero tax rate applies where your savings income falls within your Savings Rate Band (SRB), which is worth up to £5,000, or within your Personal Savings Allowance (PSA), which is worth £1,000 for basic rate taxpayers or £500 for higher rate taxpayers. Any savings income which falls outside the SRB or PSA is taxed at your marginal income tax rate (20%, 40% or 45%).

The available SRB depends on how much other taxable non-savings income you receive, such as salary, pensions, trading profits or rent. If you can control the type of income you receive you can reduce the total tax you pay for the year.

 Action Point!
Review your mix of income to maximise your savings allowance for 2017/18.

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Clarke Nicklin House, Brooks Drive, Cheadle Royal Business Park, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3TD. Registered Number OC309225.
The firm is registered to carry on audit work in the UK & Ireland. Details about our audit registration can be viewed at www.auditregister.org.uk under reference number C001178544. The professional rules applicable are the Audit Regulations and Guidance which can be found at www.icaew.com/regulations, and the International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) which can be found at www.frc.org.uk/apb/publications/isa.cfm.