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Scotland's five income tax bands and tax relief for pensions

Following the announcement of new income tax rates for Scottish taxpayers for 2018/19, the government is looking at ways of addressing the issue of the tax relief due on Scottish taxpayers' pension contributions.

Tax relief on pension contributions is a complex matter and depends on the marginal tax rate of the individual concerned and whether or not the contributions are being paid with relief at source or under net pay arrangements. The following link details how relief will be given for 2018/19. If you would like help in this complex area please contact us.

The income tax rates for Scottish taxpayers on income other than savings and dividend income are now expected to be as follows:

Scottish Bands (£) Band name Scottish Rate (%)
0 - 2,000 Starter 19
2,001 - 12,150 Basic 20
12,151 - 31,580 Intermediate 21
31,581 - 150,000 Higher 41
Over 150,000 Top 46

Scottish taxpayers are entitled to the same personal allowance as individuals in the rest of the UK which for 2018/19 is £11,850. The allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 of adjusted net income in excess of £100,000. The bands and allowances are detailed in the P9X.

Internet links: GOV.UK pensions newsletter P9X 2018

04 Jun 2018

Tax refund scams warning from HMRC

HMRC has issued a warning to taxpayers regarding the latest tax refund scams.

04 Jun 2018

200,000 receive back pay as HMRC enforce National Minimum Wage

BEIS and HMRC are urging underpaid workers to complain about National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage underpayments.

04 Jun 2018

Advisory fuel rates for company cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which take effect from 1 June 2018.