15 Mar 2016
Nobody would turn down the chance to have extra money in their pocket.
However, there are a number of tax changes and tax benefits which either are or could help you become a little better off in 2016.
If you’re saving to buy your first home, you can put away up to £200 a month in the Help to Buy:ISA and the UK Government will top it up by 25%, up to a maximum of £3,000.
First time buyers can also benefit from 50% off their legal fees if they buy through Aberdein Considine this Spring.
Since 6 April 2015, if you’re aged 55 and above, you can access your savings from your defined contributions pension scheme to invest or spend as you want under new pension reforms.
For example, you can take money direct from your pension pot without having to buy an annuity or put the money into drawdown, and 25% of this sum will be tax free - or you can use some or all of your funds to buy an annuity that will be payable for at least the rest of your life.
The Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,060 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner.
This means that they could pay £212 less tax this tax year.
From next month, a tax-free allowance of £1,000 (or £500 for higher rate payers) will be introduced for the interest that you earn on your savings.
If you are a basic rate taxpayer (a total income of up to £43,000 in 2016-17), you will be eligible for a £1,000 tax-free savings allowance.
If you are a higher rate payer (a total income of between £43,001 and £150,000), you will be eligible for a £500 tax-free savings allowance.
The tax-free Personal Allowance - the amount people earn before they have to start paying Income tax - will increase to £11,000 from next month.
This means that the typical taxpayer will be £80 better off in 2016-17.
Aberdein Considine has one of Scotland's largest network of independent financial advisers. We see clients at 17 locations throughout Scotland, including the cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Stirling.
If you would like to speak to one of our advisers, call 0333 0044 333 or click here.