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Tax Year End 2024

Each year, you have an allowance you can use to maximise the tax efficiency of your savings. But the countdown to the end of the tax year – 5 April – is on.

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Important information - investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. If you're in any doubt about the suitability of a Stocks & Shares ISA, you should seek independent financial advice. The tax treatment of this product depends on your individual circumstances and may change in future. If you are uncertain about the tax treatment of the product you should contact HMRC or seek independent tax advice.

What is Tax Year End?

The UK tax year always begins on the 6th April and ends on 5th April the following year. So the end date of the current tax year is 5 April 2024.  

The current tax year we are in is tax year 2023/2024. This is because the tax year began in 2023, and ends in 2024. 

If you still need to know more of the basics around tax, read our guide on tax rates and allowances

What is Tax Year End?

Why does Tax Year End matter?

Tax Year End matters because it’s usually the last opportunity you have to use your annual ISA allowance, currently £20,000, and your annual pension allowance, currently £60,000. Not only that, but any newly announced financial rules usually take effect in the new tax year.

This year there will be changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Your exemption is reducing from £6,000 to £3,000 in the next tax year.

Why does Tax Year End matter?

How does the tax year work?

The UK tax year provides a framework for the assessment and collection of taxes. When a new tax year begins, your tax allowances reset. This includes allowances for income tax, capital gains tax, ISAs and SIPPs, and lots more. 

Making the most of your ISA and SIPP allowances before the tax year end is a strategic financial move. Your ISA and SIPP savings can grow free from income tax and capital gains tax, and money paid into a SIPP also receives a free government top up from Tax Relief. 

Take a look at tax year allowances you need to know about below.

What are the annual allowances?

Tax year2023/24
ISA subscription limit£20,000
Junior ISA (JISA) subscription limit£9,000
SIPP Annual Allowance limitup to £60,000*
SIPP Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA)£10,000*

Read more: ISA allowances | SIPP contributions

Two important changes from April 2024

  • The annual Capital Gains Tax exemption will halve from £6,000 to £3,000. Find out more.
  • The annual tax-free dividend allowance will reduce from £1,000 to £500. Find out more.

Things to do before end of tax year

  1. Top up your ISA. To make use of the current tax year allowance, make sure you’ve topped up your ISA and added cash before the tax year ends – even if you’ve not decided how to invest it. So long as you have contributed before your £20,000 allowance refreshes. 
  2. Build a nest egg. If you’ve got children, you can also open a Junior ISA and begin saving for when they turn 18. This can help with those big expenses they might face in early life – like university, or their first car. 
  3. Make pension contributions. Tax Year End is a good time to reassess your pension and make any last minute contributions. Unlike ISAs, you can roll over any unused allowance from the past three years and claim tax relief. Check if you have unused years before you lose them. 
  4. Use your CGT allowance. Capital Gains Tax rules are changing. Once the new tax year starts your capital gains allowance will reduce from £6,000 to £3,000 and it can’t be rolled over. So, if you’ve been planning a sale, consider selling before the tax year ends to make the most of your allowance before it shrinks. 
  5. Get dividend savvy. If you invest outside of a SIPP or ISA, such as a Trading Account, your personal dividend allowance is also reducing in the new tax year from £1,000 to £500. Before making any new investments in your Trading Account, consider making them in your ISA where you have an uncapped ISA dividend benefit. 

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*You can contribute 100% of your annual income to your SIPP each tax year, up to the maximum annual allowance of £60,000. When you start taking a taxable income from your SIPP you trigger the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA). This reduces your annual allowance to £10,000.

Please remember, SIPPs are aimed at people happy to make their own investment decisions. Investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. You can normally only access the money from age 55 (57 from 2028). We recommend seeking advice from a suitably qualified financial advisor before making any decisions. Pension and tax rules depend on your circumstances and may change in future. 

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Investing doesn't need to be taxing.

Each year, you have allowances you can use, for your ISA and pension, to maximise the tax you save. But the countdown to the final day to use them – 5 April – is now on.

Get tax savvy and find out how your allowances can help you get the most from your money. 

Please remember, SIPPs are aimed at people happy to make their own investment decisions. Investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. You can normally only access the money from age 55 (57 from 2028). We recommend seeking advice from a suitably qualified financial advisor before making any decisions. Pension and tax rules depend on your circumstances and may change in future.