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Autumn Statement – 22 November 2023

INtroduction Jeremy Hunt’s second Autumn Statement was set against a much less financially turbulent background than his first. However, politics still loomed large with a likely election in the next 12 months prompting calls for tax cuts from within the […]

economic update

overview The economic backdrop to the Autumn Statement was not as bad as might have been expected from a reading of the March 2023 projections by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). In the spring, the OBR’s first Economic and […]

Autumn Statement: Income Tax and National Insurance

INCOME TAX Main personal allowances and reliefs 2024/25 2023/24 Personal allowance* £12,570 £12,570 Marriage/civil partner’s transferable allowance £1,260 £1,260 Married couple’s/civil partner’s allowance at 10%† – maximum(if at least one born before 6/4/35)                            – minimum £11,080 £10,375 £4,280 £4,010 Blind […]

Autumn Statement: Business Taxes

Capital allowances: full expensing Full expensing, which was originally due to expire on 31 March 2026, is to be made permanent. This allows companies incurring qualifying expenditure on the provision of new plant and machinery to claim a 100% first-year […]

Autumn Statement – Personal Tax

Income tax The personal allowance will remain at £12,570 for 2024/25 and the higher rate threshold will stay at £50,270, both levels that first took effect in 2021/22. The blind person’s allowance will be increased to £3,070 for 2024/25. In […]

Is the cash basis right for you?

Ten years ago, HMRC introduced the cash basis accounts preparation system for the self-employed to calculate their trading profits. It’s voluntary, but take-up remains low, so HMRC plans to expand its availability. Why might businesses prefer traditional accruals basis over […]

Making the dividend or bonus decision

The end of the tax year is drawing near and many owner-directors of companies are putting their minds to deciding which is more tax-efficient: a bonus or a dividend. Tax laws and rates that will affect your decision have changed […]

Savings income and the rise in higher rate taxpayers

Bank of England base rate increases, coupled with higher savings rates and frozen tax thresholds, are seeing more people pushed into the higher rate taxpayer category, or paying more tax on savings income. Tax-efficient investments could mitigate this burden. National […]

Flexible working – employment update

Employers need to be aware of changes to the flexible working regime expected in summer 2024. But proposals to give employees more flexibility for paternity leave are further away. Flexible working The big expected change – the right to request […]

Inheritance tax penalties soar

The value of inheritance tax (IHT) penalties to government receipts has increased by more than half over the past two years, with higher property values and the frozen IHT nil rate band pushing more estates into the IHT net. Increase […]

Tax-deductible car charges

The expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has focused attention on the business use of cars and whether clean air charges are tax-deductible. As well as London, ULEZ charges for non-compliant cars are imposed in Bristol and Birmingham, […]

Farewell to inheritance tax?

In July, the government was reported as holding talks on abolishing inheritance tax (IHT). This wasn’t given much credence at the time, but there are now reports that the March 2024 Budget will include a reduction to the 40% IHT […]

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