New Income Tax Powers Keep Rates Unchanged


2017/18 rates to come into force.

The new powers over Scottish Income Tax will come into force next week.

Rates have been frozen and the threshold at which people start paying the higher tax rate will remain at £43,000.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:

“This is a truly historic time for Scotland as the new Scottish Income Tax powers come into force – and another example of how the Scottish Government is putting newly-devolved powers to good use in making Scotland fairer and supporting public services.

“In implementing these changes, we are putting fairness, equality and the ability to pay at the heart of our tax system. That is why, under these changes, 99% of Scottish taxpayers will pay no more tax in 2017/18 than they did last year when earning the same wage.

“Focused on the needs and priorities of Scotland, the changes coming into force next week will raise an additional £107 million to support our public services in 2017/18, continuing to make Scotland an attractive place to live, work and do business.”


Scottish Income Tax rates and bands 2017-18

Scottish income tax rate Scottish Bands
Scottish Basic rate 20% Over £11,500* – £43,000
Scottish Higher rate 40% Over £43,000 – £150,000
Scottish Additional Rate 45% Over £150,000 and above**-

* Assumes you are in receipt of the Standard UK Personal Allowance

** Personal Allowance reduced by £1 for every £2 earned over £100,000


  1. So I pay more tax purely yet the Scott Govt will still not be able to run the country efficiently based on evidence to date . Exactly what is it paying for another wasted referendum ?

  2. Somebody must be paying more tax if they are raising an extra £107M . They must think we are thick. Everyone in Scotland is paying more tax than the rest of the UK. Meanwhile the NHS, Roads , Education and the Police Force are suffering under Holyrood incompetence.


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