Millions of Brits to miss out on up to £377 savings with 1p income tax cut delayed | The Sun

MILLIONS of households will miss out on savings from a 1p cut to the basic rate of income tax next year.

Around 31million people were set to save £170 on average, and up to £377 for the highest earners.


The previous Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng announced in last month's mini-Budget that he would cut the basic rate of income tax to 19p in April 2023.

But Jeremy Hunt tore Liz Truss' mini-Budget to shreds today in a bombshell statement.

And Jeremy Hunt has now confirmed that the cut to income tax won't take place and the basic rate will remain at 20% indefinitely.

Before Kwasi Kwarteng's mini-Budget, workers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales were originally set to see the basic rate of income tax fall by one percentage point from 20% to 19% from April 2024.

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But now Jeremy Hunt has ruled out any cut to income tax for the foreseeable.

It comes as the Chancellor also:

  • Reversed duty cuts on beer, cider, wine and spirits
  • Said that the Energy Price Guarantee will only last until April
  • Kept the cut to National Insurance
  • Reaffirmed the cut to stamp duty

But the cancellation of the cut to income tax means that the average taxpayer will now miss out on £170 in savings next year.

Data provided by Hargreaves Lansdown suggests that the 1p cut to the basic rate of income tax would have saved those earning £15,000 a year £24.30 a year.

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Those earning £25,000 a year would have saved £124.30 and workers with incomes of £35,000 a year would save £224.30.

Those earning £50,000 a year would have saved £374.

Workers only start paying income tax once they start earning over the personal allowance – which currently stands at £12,570.

Any income earned up to £12,570 is tax-free.

However, this amount may be bigger if you claim certain allowances including, blind person’s allowance, marriage allowance and child tax credit.

Right now all earnings between £12,570 and £50,270, are liable to pay the basic income tax rate of 20%.

Wages of £50,271 and above are taxed at the higher rate of 40%.

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And the additional rate of income tax, which applies to earnings above £150,000, is 45%.

Data provided by Blick Rothenberg suggests that the 1p cut to the basic rate of income tax will save those earning £15,000 a year £24.30 a year.

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