Tax efficiency is when a person or a business lawfully pays the least in tax that they need to. It is not the same as tax evasion. It tends to be a type of financial arrangement that allows you to lawfully pay either no tax or less than usual. Without these types of financial arrangements, many higher rate taxpayers in the UK run the risk of paying more taxes than they need to on their investments.
Any earnings you make from investments, such as stocks, shares and property, are taxable in the eyes of HMRC. You’ll be required to pay Capital Gains Tax if your profit from these assets is over the allowance threshold.
You can structure these investments to be tax-efficient, meaning that you won’t have to pay as much tax as you would have done otherwise. There are all sorts of ways to achieve tax efficiency when investing.
Being tax efficient is particularly important for people who fall under the higher rate income tax band. If you have an enhanced tax liability, the value of any earnings you make from your investments can dwindle over time.
There are a number of ways to be more tax efficient with your investments. The more annual allowances you use, the more money you’ll be able to save and invest for your future.
The allowance for 2023/2024 is £6000. Anything you earn beyond this will be liable for tax.
There are two important deadlines for you to remember if you pay your tax via a Self Assessment tax return. You must register for Self Assessment by the 5th October following the end of the relevant tax year, and then must submit your Self Assessment in full by the 31st January.