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Key Financial Dates to Look Out for in 2024: Your Simple Guide

Changes are on the horizon for 2024, and your money might feel the impact. From the appearance of new bills in our pockets to shifts in taxes and benefits, it’s essential to stay informed. Here’s a quick breakdown of the key financial dates you need to mark in your calendar for the upcoming year. 

  

January: 

  

January 1: Energy Bills 

Ofgem’s energy price cap rises from £1,834 to £1,928. Expect an annual bill increase of £94 for the typical household. Find tips to save on your energy bill. 

 

January 6: National Insurance 

About 27 million workers will see a cut in national insurance from 12% to 10%, saving average amounts of £304, £647, and £707 for basic, higher, and additional rate taxpayers, respectively. 

 

January 31: Self-Assessment Deadline 

The deadline for online tax returns. If you’re self-employed, it’s also the time to make your first payment on account. Be prepared; check our guide on filing self-assessment tax returns. 

 

March: 

 

March 5: Rail Fares 

Prices are rising, not based on the usual formula, but on July’s wage growth figures. Learn how to cut the cost of train travel. 

 

March 6: Spring Budget 

The government’s annual update on the economy, tax, and spending plans. 

 

March 23: Fuel Duty 

The 5p cut ends; discover ways to save on filling up at the pumps. 

 

April: 

  

April 1: National Living Wage, Council Tax, Childcare, TV Licence, Water Bill, Air Passenger Duty, Fuel Duty, Energy Price Cap 

A multitude of changes, including wage increases, council tax rise, childcare benefits, TV licence fees, water bills, air passenger duty, and potential fuel duty changes. 

 

April 6: National Insurance, Dividend and Capital Gains Tax, ISA Changes 

Changes to NI for self-employed, reductions in tax-free allowances, and alterations to ISA rules. 

 

April 8: State Pension, Benefits 

State pension rises, and working age benefits increase in line with inflation. 

 

May: 

 

Election 

Speculation rises about a potential election due to tax cuts announced in the autumn statement. 

 

June: 

  

Banknotes 

New currency featuring King Charles is expected to circulate. 

 

July: 

 

July 1: Energy Bills 

Ofgem’s latest cap comes in, with experts forecasting a fall to £1,880 from £1,929 in April. 

 

July 31: Payment on Account Deadline 

Self-employed individuals need to make advance payments towards their tax bill. 

 

August: 

  

August 1: Alcohol Duty 

The cut in alcohol duty continues until August. 

 

September: 

  

September 1: Childcare 

Free childcare extends to 30 hours for children from nine months. 

 

September 10: State Pension 

Latest wage figures announced for triple lock calculations. 

 

October: 

  

October 1: Energy Bills 

Latest energy price cap comes in, but forecasts this far ahead may change. 

 

October 16: State Pension and Benefits 

Inflation figures are used for triple lock calculations and uprating benefits. 

 

October 31: Self-Assessment Deadline 

Deadline for paper self-assessment tax return; most people file online. 

 

December: 

  

December 17: Election 

Last possible day to call a general election (if not already held). 

 

December 31: Bus Fares 

The £2 cap on single bus journeys in England is expected to end. 

 

 

Stay ahead of these dates, be financially savvy, and make the most of your money in 2024! 

 

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