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IFS: Higher tax rate to hit 750,000 more people

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by Kay Murchie

Respected think tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), has today revealed three quarters of a million people will become higher rate taxpayers from April.

The earnings threshold will be lowered to £35,001 from £37,400 on 5 April - with the IFS estimating that the average household will be £200 worse off.

The study from the IFS is published on the day of the Self Assessment tax deadline.

However, approximately half a million people will not have to pay tax at all as a result of the £1,000 increase in the amount people can earn tax-free, raising the threshold to £7,475.

Meanwhile, the Government is also increasing the main rate at which National Insurance is charged.

Both sets of changes will be a blow to families already struggling with higher inflation and spending cuts.

The decision to raise taxes and National Insurance comes as the Government introduces tough austerity measures - designed the bring the spiralling budget deficit down.

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