Autumn Statement 2023 – Growth, growth, growth…

As ever, in the last couple of weeks there has been a huge amount of speculation about what may or may not be announced at the Autumn Statement 2023 – abolition of inheritance tax; increase in the inheritance nil rate band; a stamp duty land tax holiday; a cut in the rate of income tax… […]

Autumn Statement 2023 – Two become one… a single R&D scheme for all

These days, it doesn’t feel like a proper fiscal event without an announcement around R&D relief! Much of this is predicated on the benefit that the Government believes this relief brings to the growth of the economy, while balancing the complexity of having multiple schemes in place and an undercurrent of belief that the level […]

Autumn Statement 2023 – Stability for companies to incentivise investment

In addition to the proposed changes to R&D and speculation around the Government’s plans for shareholders of private companies, there wasn’t much else to note in this space other than the extension of the full expensing provisions. Full expensing forever more Introduced at the Budget 2023 as a temporary relief from 1 April 2023 to […]

Autumn Statement 2023 – Tax cut, complexity and uncertainty

It’s a tax cut, Jim, but not as we know it Having been told by successive Chancellors for as long as one can care to remember that ‘national insurance is not a tax’, it feels so wrong to claim that there has been a tax cut today – that said, to the ‘man on the […]

Autumn Statement 2023 – All change for the self-employed

The key change announced for the self-employed was the ‘headline’ abolition of Class 2 national insurance and the reduction in the rate of Class 4 national insurance, both with effect from 6 April 2024. Class 2 national insurance is a flat rate charged at £3.45 per week and is there to preserve entitlement to contributory […]

Budget 2023 – everywhere, but not quite everything

In what was the first (and hopefully last) budget of 2023, there was a focus on growth being supported by the Chancellor’s four pillars – enterprise, employment, education and everywhere… not quite everything everywhere all at once, but there were some promises to review and reform the self-assessment for small businesses and sole traders which […]

Budget 2023 – the great big pension gamble

Although the budget felt a bit light on content from a personal tax perspective, there was still some interesting stuff, although not a total surprise if you had followed the news over the weekend! The biggest change since A Day? Who would have thought that a change to pension tax would incentivise people to work? […]

Budget 2023 – spend and save for businesses

With the upcoming increase in the rate of corporation tax, the Chancellor was under pressure to do something to take the edge off it. An incentive to invest The main move was to incentivise business investment with the announcement of a full expensing policy for qualifying plant and machinery – this was both in an […]