UK Accounting Glossary
Disposable income is money that can be spent, saved, invested or otherwise disposed of after taxes and certain other obligations (such as union dues, employer-mandated health care costs or other similar fees) have been paid. Another term for disposable income is take-home pay. Since most fees and taxes are beyond the control of workers, the only ways to increase disposable income is by a pay raise, working additional hours, developing an additional source of income or finding different employment at a higher rate of pay with more disposable income. An increase in disposable income is considered a sign of prosperity while a drop in disposable income is often a trailing indicator of an economic slowdown. Disposable income is also known as discretionary income or spendable income.
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This glossary post was last updated: 9th February 2020.