Public finance minister Kate Forbes delivered her first Budget statement to the Scottish Parliament on 6 February 2020. This followed the shock resignation of finance minister, Derek Mackay.
This is the first time that Scotland has held a Budget before the rest of the UK.
It was announced as part of the Scottish Budget that there would be no change in Income Tax rates and only a small change in the lower rate Income Tax thresholds. It was also announced that the higher rate threshold would be frozen at £43,430.
The proposed Scottish rates and bands for 2020-21 are as follows:
|Starter rate – 19%||£12,501* – £14,585|
|Basic rate – 20%||£14,586 – £25,158|
|Intermediate rate – 21%||£25,159 – £43,430|
|Higher rate – 41%||£43,431 – £150,000**|
|Additional rate – 46%||Above £150,000**|
* Assumes person is in receipt of the Standard £12,500 UK Personal Allowance
** Personal Allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 earned over £100,000
The figures are subject to approval by the Scottish Parliament. For the vast majority of individuals, the question of whether or not they are defined as a Scottish taxpayer is a simple one – they will either live in Scotland and thus be a Scottish taxpayer or live elsewhere in the UK and not be a Scottish taxpayer.