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Tax allowances 2021/2022

What are the 2021/22 tax allowances? Find out - and see what you can do to make the most of them.

Published on 06 Apr 2021Last updated on 01 Dec 20214 minute read

Written by Frances Bruce

What are the tax allowances for 2021/22?

ISA allowance

Stays at a whopping £20,000.

Pension allowance

Stays at up to £40,000.

Find out more about the tapered pension allowance in our infographic.

Junior ISA allowance

Remains at £9,000 – lucky kids!

Personal allowance

This is the allowance you have before you start paying Income Tax.

This is now at £12,570, up from £12,500 last tax year.

The basic-rate band has increased from £37,500 to £37,700.

The personal allowance and the basic-rate band are now frozen until 2026.

Capital gains allowance

This will remain the same at £12,300 and is also frozen until 2026.

Personal savings allowance

This is a tax-free allowance for interest.

This is at £1,000 for basic-rate taxpayers and £500 for higher-rate taxpayers.

Dividend allowance

This remains the same: the first £2,000 of dividends you receive are tax-free.

Tax legislation is that prevailing at the time, is subject to change and depends on individual circumstances.

Making a success of your finances in 2021/22

So you know the allowances, now how do you make the most of them? We have some ideas for you.

Using your ISA and pension allowances

Investing in ISAs or pensions is a great way to use any spare cash you might have. They have excellent tax-free benefits and are a great way to save for the future. Plus they give you plenty of control over your own investments.

Why not open an award-winning Stocks & Shares ISA with us or Best SIPP* (psst – see all our awards here) with us?

We have low fees and lots of information on the investments that could work for you. Plus, if you don’t want to invest straightaway, you don’t have to. You can leave the money in your new account as cash and invest it later.

Remember: investments carry risk, you may get less than originally invested.

Open a SIPP

Open an ISA

If you’re not sure which way to jump between pensions and ISAs, read our article discussing this exact topic.

And don’t forget the kids…

Junior ISAs work in the same way as adult ISAs and have the same tax-free benefits. Take a look.

Open a Junior ISA

How can I save regularly?

By setting up regular savings of course! It’s one of the easiest ways to invest because once you’ve done it, the money comes out automatically every month so you don’t have to think about it again.

Set up regular savings

Time to transfer**?

Transferring can give your investments a new lease of life without you adding any new money (unless you want to). Having all your investments under one roof also means you have more control over them and it could even save you money in provider fees.

Transfer my investments

Would you like to talk to a Coach about your pension?

If you know your pensions need some attention or you just want to make sure you’re doing all you can, why not book a free call with one of our Coaches.


*SIPPs are not suitable for everyone.  If you don’t want to invest across different asset classes or don’t think you will make use of the investment choices that SIPPs give you, then a SIPP might not be right for you.

**Before you consider transferring a pension, it is important to ask yourself: Will I lose any valuable benefits or features from my existing pension plan? Will I incur any penalties on my existing pension if I transfer? Is it an occupational final salary pension scheme? (in which case it is very unlikely to be advisable to transfer) Have I considered the charges on my current plan? (a new arrangement may be more expensive – especially if you have a stakeholder pension). Exit fees may apply if you choose to leave Bestinvest.

This article does not constitute personal advice. If you are in doubt as to the suitability of an investment please contact a financial adviser.

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