The rate of Income Tax you pay depends on how much of your taxable income is above your Personal Allowance in the tax year.
Your Personal Allowance is the amount of income you do not pay tax on.
The current tax year is from 6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021 and most people's Personal Allowance is £12,500.
Scottish Income Tax 2020/21
The table shows the tax rates you pay in each band if you have a standard Personal Allowance of £12,500.
|Taxable income||Band||Tax rate|
|Over £12,500 to £14,585||Starter rate||19%|
|Over £14,585 to £25,158||Basic rate||20%|
|Over £25,158 to £43,430||Intermediate rate||21%|
|Over £43,430 to £150,000||Higher rate||41%|
|Above £150,000||Top rate||46%|
Personal Allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 earned over £100,000.
What this means for you
You'll pay Scottish Income Tax if you live in Scotland. This means your Income Tax will be paid to the Scottish Government.
Your Personal Allowance continues to be set by the UK government. You'll also pay the same tax as the rest of the UK on dividends and savings interest.
Visit GOV.UK to let HMRC know of any changes to your address details.
Find out more about the policy for Scottish Income Tax in 2020/21 on gov.scot.
Scottish Income Tax (2019/20)
Visit gov.scot for information on the rates and bands set by the Scottish Parliament for the tax year 2019 to 2020.
More information on Income Tax and allowances
Visit GOV.UK for more information on Income Tax and allowances including:
- Income Tax rates
- Income Tax on savings interest
- Married Couple's Allowance
- Blind Person's Allowance
- previous tax years
- your Personal Allowance if you were born before 6 April 1948
- your Personal Allowance if your income is over £100,000
Claim a tax refund
If you've paid too much tax, the way you get a refund depends on your circumstances.
Sometimes HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will send you a refund automatically.
Your employer or pension provider uses your tax code to work out how much tax to take from your pay or pension.