April 2019

New! Enhanced pension options

I have been asked a number of times to add some options to the Pension calculations, and today I have done just that.

Auto-enrolment pensions have specific rules about how to calculate the amount which should be contributed – overtime and bonuses are included, for example, but the contribution is only on a percentage of the “Qualifying Earnings”. Qualifying Earnings are your employment income between a lower and upper threshold, which from 6th April 2019 will be £6,136 and £50,000 respectively.

Other pension types have more flexibility, which is why the Salary Calculator has been updated, and if you select an Employer, Salary Sacrifice or Personal pension, you can now choose whether to have contributions based on your whole salary or on your qualifying earnings, and whether or not to include overtime and bonuses in the calculations.

Why not head over to The Salary Calculator, click on the Pension tab and see whether these options might affect your take-home pay?

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New! Postgraduate Loan Repayment

Starting from April 2019, repayment of new Postgraduate Student Loans will be done through Pay As You Earn (PAYE). As The Salary Calculator has just been updated with the April 2019 figures, repayment of postgraduate loans has been added so, if this applies to you, you can see what effect this will have on your take home pay.

These loan repayments are in addition to Plan 1 and Plan 2 student loan repayments, which you may have from undergraduate courses you have studied. Postgraduate loan repayments are calculated as 6% of gross annual earnings over £21,000. More information is available from the Student Loans Company.

Also, so you can see how your loans are being repaid, if you select more than one loan type on The Salary Calculator you will be able to click for a breakdown of how the repayments are distributed to your different student loans.

Because this only comes in to effect from April 2019, in order to see the effect of postgraduate loan repayments you will need to select “2019/20” from the Tax Year drop-down. Head over to The Salary Calculator to check it out!

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April 2019 tax rates

The Salary Calculator has been updated with the tax rates which will take effect from 6th April 2019. There is a significant increase in the tax-free Personal Allowance from £11,850 to £12,500 per year, and outside of Scotland the threshold from 20% basic rate to 40% higher rate income tax has been increased to £50,000. Scottish tax thresholds are different from the rest of the UK, current information suggests that they will not increase as much as the UK rates will.

There have also been increases in the thresholds for Plan 1 and Plan 2 Student Loan repayments, so those paying off their loans will find their repayments lowered in the new year.

You can try out the April 2019 tax rates for yourself by choosing “2019 / 20” in the Tax Year drop-down on The Salary Calculator. You can also see a side-by-side comparison of 2018 and 2019 with the 2018 and 2019 income tax comparison page.

The calculator has been updated with the best information currently available – if any of the details change before the start of the tax year the calculator will be updated to reflect those changes.

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