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The Meaningful Money Personal Finance Podcast

Feb 10, 2016

Income tax is a fact of life for most people, but income tax planning opportunities are available to everyone who needs them, if you know where to look. In this week’s show I cover the obvious and not-so-obvious income tax planning tips you need to know.

Session 146 Income Tax Planning


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Income tax planning

The current and previous governments have done a great deal to bring more people out of paying income tax by increasing allowances, of which more in a minute. For those of us who do pay tax, there are plenty of ways of saving tax legitimately and that’s what we’re looking at today.

By the way, I’m guessing there are not too many bazillionaire footballers and pop stars listening to this. These are the kinds of people who have fallen foul to tax avoidance schemes which turned bad.

Needless to say I’m not a fan of anything dodgy. In fact, I wrote a blog about the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion, and why I think it is right and proper that we pay tax, even while using all the many allowances and reliefs that are offered to us to reduce tax.

BTW, this is a session geared towards UK taxpayers, as I have no idea how tax works anywhere else in the world!

In this session, you’ll discover:

  1. How income tax works
  2. All the allowances which are available from April 2016
  3. All about about income tax reliefs – free money!
  4. What you should do if you’re in a relationship, to save income tax
  5. How to use the coming facility of ISA restocking to your advantage
  6. How to make the most of the new dividend allowance
  7. Which tax wrappers you should use to take best advantage of income tax planning angles

The new extended personal allowance, personal savings allowance and dividend allowance, coupled with the existing benefit of pensions and ISAs will mean that the vast majority of people could well pay zero tax on all their investments and pensions (except when you take money out of a pension). It’s just a matter of organising things in the best way possible.


Also, watch for  the articles and videos on the site. I put out a blog post on Monday, the podcast on Wednesday and a video on Friday, and February is tax month, so that’ll be the general theme, at least until I run out of stuff to talk about!

If you have any questions about this personal taxation overview, leave a comment below.

Resources mentioned in the show

Podcast: Personal Taxation Overview – including a downloadable cheatsheet with worked income tax examples


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