Scottish income tax

Updated on 4 June 2017

This section tells you about the Scottish income tax (Scottish rate of income tax (SRIT) in 2016/17) as it affects individuals employed in the armed forces. There is more general information about the Scottish income tax, SRIT, devolution and Scottish taxpayers in the ‘tax basics section’.

Scottish income tax (SRIT in 2016/17) is not a separate tax, nor is it a devolved tax as such.

It is a power that the Scottish Parliament has 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. In 2016/17, the Scottish Parliament only had the power to set a single Scottish rate, which determined the overall rates of income tax payable by Scottish taxpayers on certain types of income.

Since Scottish income tax (SRIT in 2016/17) is not a separate tax, but part of the UK income tax system, HMRC administer and collect it, using the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and self assessment systems.

Scottish income tax applies from 6 April 2017. The Scottish Government announces the rate and bands in its draft Budget, which is published between October and December each year. The rates and bands for 2017/18 are set out in the ‘tax basics section’.

Broadly, Scottish income tax (SRIT in 2016/17) is payable by “Scottish taxpayers”, on their non-savings and non-dividend income.

How does Scottish income tax work?

There is information on how the Scottish income tax (SRIT in 2016/17) works, including what types of income it affects, in the ‘tax basics section’.

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Do I have to pay Scottish income tax?

Scottish income tax (SRIT in 2016/17) applies to “Scottish taxpayers”. We provide information on the general rules that determine who is a Scottish taxpayer in the ‘tax basics section’.

In addition, however, there are special rules for individuals who are employed in the armed forces.

The special rules determine how the definition of a “place of residence” applies to service personnel, and in particular to service-provided accommodation, accommodation on board Royal Navy vessels and temporary accommodation occupied during operational deployments. The Annex includes a number of examples to show how the rules may apply in practice.

The special rules have been published by the Ministry of Defence following a Freedom of Information request, and are available on GOV.UK. These rules relate to the SRIT in relation to 2016/17. However, the rules to determine who is a Scottish taxpayer for Scottish income tax for 2017/18 onwards are the same.

You should consider both the general rules covered in the ‘tax basics section’ and the special rules in the Ministry of Defence – HMRC guidance.

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What is devolution?

There is information about devolution in the ‘tax basics section’.

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