Your personal savings allowance

Depending on your income tax band, you could earn up to £1,000 in tax-free interest each year using your personal savings allowance (PSA).

What is the personal savings allowance?

Set by the government, your personal savings allowance is the amount of interest you can earn on your savings before tax applies.

Your PSA is dependent on your annual income, which can include earnings from work, benefits and pensions, investments and savings.

Higher rate taxpayers may have a smaller allowance, or no personal savings allowance at all, meaning tax will apply to more of their savings income.

It is a legal requirement to pay tax on any interest earned over and above your personal savings allowance.

Watch a short video about your personal savings allowance:

Watch a short video about your personal savings allowance.

 

How does the personal savings allowance work?

The amount of interest you can earn on your savings will depend on your tax bracket:

  • Basic-rate taxpayers (20%) – tax-free interest up to £1,000.
  • Higher-rate taxpayers (40%) – tax-free interest up to £500.
  • Additional-rate taxpayers (45% or higher) – no tax-free interest on savings.

If your income is below £17,570, you may benefit from the starting rate for savings. For the current tax year, that’s up to £5,000 in tax-free interest. 

If you earn between £12,571 and £17,570, you may qualify for both the starting rate for savings, in addition to your personal savings allowance.

Check your eligibility with HMRC

 

What’s included in your personal savings allowance?

Your PSA covers a range of saving types, including:

  • Interest from non-ISA accounts, such as your bank account.
  • Income earned on corporate and government bonds.
  • Interest earned on investments, like stocks, shares, unit trusts, investment trusts and open-ended investment companies.

Whether or not you benefit from a PSA, you may be interested in saving products which help you to earn tax-free interest as standard. Separate to your PSA, is your ISA allowance – in the current tax year, this allows you to save and earn tax-free interest on up to £20,000.

Paying tax on savings interest

Banks and other financial institutions report all interest to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) at the end of each tax year. If you’re employed, or you receive a pension, HMRC may simply change your tax code, so interest is taxed automatically.

If you complete a Self-Assessment Tax Return, you should report all earnings, including any interest earned on savings, before calculating and paying any tax due.

If you think you’ve overpaid, you can reclaim tax on your self-assessment, or by completing an R40 form – available from the gov.uk website.

What happens if I exceed my personal savings allowance?

Any interest you earn over and above your personal savings allowance should be declared for tax purposes.

Other ways to save tax free

If you think you may use up your personal savings allowance, or want an alternative way to save tax free, then you may be interested in an ISA.

Lloyds Bank offers different types of ISAs to suit different savings goals, including:

  • Cash ISA – a savings account that lets you earn tax-free interest on the money you save.
  • Stocks and shares ISA – a tax efficient way to invest in stocks, shares and funds.

An ISA could help:

  • You save for a long-term goal, like buying your first home or towards retirement. 
  • If you’re a higher-rate taxpayer, enabling you to earn tax-free interest on savings up to £20,000 each tax year.
  • You build your savings – ISAs tend to offer higher interest rates than standard saving accounts.

The ISA you choose may depend on your saving goals, how long you can afford to tie your money down, and the amount of risk you’re prepared to accept for higher potential returns.

Why save with Lloyds Bank?

Options to suit you

Options to suit you

Whether you need easy access to your money, or you’re willing to fix for a longer term to earn more interest.

Keep track with ease

Keep track with ease

Whatever you’re saving for, it's simple to track your progress using Internet Banking or the Mobile Banking app.

Start saving straight away

Start saving straight away

Open an account online instantly and start saving with as little as £1 on selected accounts.

Important legal information

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