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10 Effective Tax Planning Strategies for High Earners in the UK

Welcome to Alfred Dunn, your trusted partner in preserving your wealth through tax-efficient investing. Wealth creation is a challenging task, and it's even harder to keep it safe and grow it further. We believe that tax planning plays a crucial role in reducing your tax burden and preserving your wealth. In this blog, we’ll explain the ten ways in which high earners can minimise their tax liabilities.

First, it’s important to understand the UK tax system's main taxes and their rates and thresholds, including income tax, capital gains tax, and inheritance tax. With income tax rates ranging from 0% to 45%, sophisticated tax strategies are essential for high earners to reduce their tax bills.

Here are ten ways to reduce your tax bill:

  1. Maintain your income tax allowance: Every individual in the UK has a personal income tax allowance of £12,570. Any income within this allowance is tax-free. However, earning over £100,000 will reduce this allowance, and you can reclaim it by paying it into your pension.

  2. Utilise any marriage tax allowances: If you are married or in a civil partnership, you can transfer up to 10% of your personal income tax allowance to your spouse or civil partner.

  3. Use your personal savings allowance: You can earn £1,000 interest tax-free if you’re a basic-rate taxpayer and £500 if you’re a higher-rate taxpayer.

  4. Utilise ISA contributions: Using your ISA contributions is a tax-efficient way to invest your money, and you can contribute up to £20,000 each year.

  5. Consider the dividends allowance: If you earn dividends, you have a tax-free allowance of £2,000 per year.

  6. Make use of annual pension contributions: You can contribute up to £40,000 into your pension tax-free each year.

  7. Understand the capital gains tax allowance: You can earn up to £12,300 tax-free each year from selling assets.

  8. Maximise the advantages of EIS investments: The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers tax reliefs of up to 30% on investments of up to £1 million per year.

  9. Make the most of SEIS investments: The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) offers up to 50% income tax relief on investments of up to £100,000 per year.

  10. Explore VCT investments: Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) offer 30% income tax relief on investments of up to £200,000 per year.

At Alfred Dunn, we believe that tax planning is an integral part of financial planning. We help our clients maximise the use of all available tax breaks and deductions to reduce their overall tax burden and preserve their wealth. Our team of experts stays up to date with the latest tax changes and allowances to ensure that our clients are taking full advantage of all available options.

To sum it up, tax planning is an ongoing process, and it's essential to review your tax planning each year to identify potential tax savings and ensure that you're taking advantage of all available reliefs and allowances. We recommend conducting a final review in March, prior to the tax year-end, to ensure your self-assessment is accurate. Remember, most tax allowances work on a 'use it or lose it' basis, so don't let them go to waste.

At Alfred Dunn, we’re here to help you with all your tax planning needs. Get in touch with us today, and let us help you preserve your wealth.

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