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This paper sets out the main changes to direct tax rates and allowances announced in the Budget on 18 March 2015. It lists the principal personal allowances which will be available against income tax in the tax year 2015/16, and it outlines the conditions necessary for eligibility for these allowances. The paper provides a summary of the general tax position in straightforward cases only. It should be noted that it deals just with tax allowances. No reference is made to cash benefits provided under the social security system, or to child tax credit and working tax credit.

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