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Personal Allowances

The Personal Allowance is the amount of income a person can get before they pay tax.

Allowances       2018 to 2019           2017 to 2018             2016 to 2017
Personal Allowance for people born after 5 April 1948            £11,850                   £11,500                        £11,000                        
Income limit for Personal Allowance                                             £100,000                 £100,000                        £100,000

The Personal Allowance goes down by £1 for every £2 of income above the £100,000 limit. It can go down to zero.

Personal Allowances for people born before 6 April 1948

People born before 6 April 1948 may be entitled to a bigger Personal Allowance.

From 2015 to 2016, people born after 5 April 1938 get the standard Personal Allowance.

Allowances                                                                                                                             2017 to 2018     2016 to 2017




Personal Allowance for people born between 6 April 1938 and 5 April 1948                   £11,500             £11,000                                                                 
Personal Allowance for people born before 6 April 1938                                                     £11,500             £11,000                                                 
Income limit for Personal Allowance                                                                                        £ 28,000            £27,700                                                                                                       

This Personal Allowance goes down by £1 for every £2 above the income limit. It won’t go below the standard Personal Allowance for that year. There’s more guidance about Personal Allowances for people born before 6 April 1948 and pre 6 April 1938.