The Personal Savings Allowance is the total amount of interest that you can earn on your savings in a tax year (between 6th April and 5th April) before you need to start paying tax on it. There are different levels of Personal Savings Allowance, depending on your income and the rate of tax you pay.
The column called ‘Personal Savings Allowance’ in the table below shows the amount of interest that you can earn tax-free in a tax year according to your earnings. You can work out your tax band by adding the total amount of interest you earn to all your other income for the year.
Type of taxpayer
Tax Band Thresholds
Personal Savings Allowance
Basic rate taxpayers (20%)
£12,571 – £50,270
Higher rate taxpayers (40%)
£50,271 – £125,140
Additional rate income tax (45%)
No allowance available
You earn £25,000 a year from your employer, and also receive £600 in interest on the money in your savings account.
This makes your total earnings for the year £25,600, which means that you’re a basic rate taxpayer and eligible to receive the £1,000 Personal Savings Allowance, so you won’t pay tax on your savings interest.
If you earned £1,500 in account interest, you wouldn’t need to pay tax on the first £1,000 but would need to pay basic-rate tax of 20% on the remaining £500.
What types of interest does the Personal Savings Allowance cover?
ISAs and some National Savings and Investments (NSIs) such as Premium Bonds are already tax free, so they aren’t covered by the Personal Savings Allowance.
How do I claim the Personal Savings Allowance?
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What happens if the interest I earn is more than the allowance?
If the interest that you earn on your savings is more than the Personal Savings Allowance, you’ll need to pay tax on the difference. If you work for an employer and pay tax through PAYE, or if you receive a pension, then HMRC will update your tax code and collect the tax that you owe automatically.
If you submit Self Assessment tax returns you can report the savings interest you earn and pay tax on it that way. Just don’t forget that the interest you earn on savings counts towards your overall income – which determines which tax band you fall into!
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