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Old Mutual Wealth press comment: Income Tax

18/05/2016

If you are covering statistics on income tax published today by HM Revenue and Customs, please see the following commentary from Old Mutual Wealth financial planning expert, Rachael Griffin.

“The data shows that since 1991 more and more people have been pulled into the higher-rate tax band. Around 15% now pay either higher or additional-rate tax, whereas in 1991 less than 7% fell into this bracket.

“As a result, the power of income has waned for those that have stumbled into higher-rate tax. The impact would become even more noticeable were the 50p rate to be re-introduced in the future.

“However, in recent years some tax-free savings allowances have increased, giving savers the opportunity to ensure more of their post-tax income is subsequently placed out of the taxman’s reach. With income-power declining, it is more important than ever for people to make use of these allowances and deploy some of their post-tax earnings as long-term savings.

“While the annual allowance for pension savings has come down, individuals should still ensure they make the most of the available allowance, as income deferred into a pension incurs no income tax. In addition, many employers will share some of the National Insurance savings they make, providing a further top-up to the pension contribution.

“The increase in income tax liability combined with opportunities to shelter savings within a tax-wrapper should encourage people to focus on making their money work harder, rather than simply working harder to make more money.”

 

 

For more information contact

Michael GlenisterOld Mutual Wealth020 7778 963807469 144535michael.glenister@omwealth.com

Notes to editors:

About Quilter plc:

Quilter plc is a leading wealth management business in the UK and internationally, helping to create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow.

Quilter plc oversees £116.5 billion in customer investments (as at 30 June 2018).

It has an adviser and customer offering spanning: financial advice; investment platforms; multi-asset investment solutions and discretionary fund management.

The business is comprised of two segments: Wealth Platforms and Advice and Wealth Management.

Wealth Platforms includes the Old Mutual Wealth UK Platform; Old Mutual International, including AAM Advisory in Singapore; and the Old Mutual Wealth Heritage life assurance business.

Advice and Wealth Management encompasses the financial planning network, Intrinsic; Quilter Private Client Advisers; discretionary fund management business, Quilter Cheviot; and Quilter Investors, the Multi-asset investment solutions business.

The Quilter plc businesses are being re-branded to Quilter over a period of approximately two years:

• The Multi-asset business is now Quilter Investors

• Intrinsic to Quilter Financial Planning

• The private client advisers business is now Quilter Private Client Advisers

• The UK Platform to Quilter Wealth Solutions

• The International business to Quilter International

• The Heritage life assurance business to Quilter Life Assurance

• Quilter Cheviot will retain its name

This press release is for journalists only and should not be relied upon by financial advisers or customers.

Please remember that past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back any of the amount originally invested. Exchange rate changes may cause the value of overseas investments to rise or fall.

This communication is issued by Quilter plc.  Registered office: Millennium Bridge House, 2 Lambeth Hill, London EC4V 4AJ, United Kingdom. Registered number: 6404270.  Registered in England.