What is Scottish income tax?
This section tells you about Scottish income tax. Scottish taxpayers pay Scottish income tax and have done so since 6 April 2017.
Scottish income tax is not a separate tax, nor is it a devolved tax as such.
The Scottish Parliament has the power to affect the amount of income tax that Scottish taxpayers pay. To do this, the Scottish Parliament can set Scottish rates and bands (of income tax), which determine the rates of income tax payable by Scottish taxpayers on certain types of income.
HMRC administer and collect Scottish income tax, using the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and self assessment systems. This means that if you disagree with a decision concerning Scottish income tax, you must follow the HMRC appeal process. In addition, if you are unhappy with the service provided, you must follow HMRC’s complaints process.
Scottish income tax has applied since 6 April 2017. For 2018/19, the rates and bands of Scottish income tax are as set out in the table below:
|Name of Band||Band||Rate of Scottish income tax|
|Starter||£11,851* to £13,850||19%|
|Basic||£13,851* to £24,000||20%|
|Intermediate||£24,001* to £43,430||21%|
|Higher||£43,431 to £150,000||41%|
* This assumes that you are entitled to the UK personal allowance. The starter, basic and intermediate rate bands together for Scottish income tax are £31,580 (11,850 + 31,580 = 43,430).
The rates and bands of Scottish income tax for 2017/18 were as set out in this table:
|Band||Rate of Scottish income tax|
|Basic Rate||£11,501* to £43,000||20%|
|Higher Rate||£43,001 to £150,000||40%|
|Additional Rate||Over £150,000||45%|
* This assumes that you were entitled to the UK personal allowance for 2017/18. The basic rate band for Scottish income tax in 2017/18 was £31,500 (11,500 + 31,500 = 43,000).
Broadly, Scottish income tax is payable by “Scottish taxpayers”, on their non-savings and non-dividend income. This section explores these points in more detail: