The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November, which highlights what we can expect in the new tax year starting 6 April 2017.
Below are the main highlights:
- Corporation tax is set to fall to 17% from 20% by 2020.
- £400m pledged into Venture Capital trusts to invest in innovative small businesses with potential for growth
- £23bn national productivity investment fund aimed at backing new infrastructure and innovation over the next 5 years.
- Business rates will continue to be reduced, and rural rate relief will double to 100% to bring it in line with business rate relief.
- Insurance premium tax will increase from 10% to 12% in June 2017.
- National Living Wage for over 25 year olds will increase from £7.20 per hour to £7.50:
- National Minimum Wage will increase:
- for 21 to 24 year olds – from £6.95 per hour to £7.05
- for 18 to 20 year olds – from £5.55 per hour to £5.60
- for 16 to 17 year olds – from £4.00 per hour to £4.05
- for apprentices – from £3.40 per hour to £3.50
- Personal allowance will rise from £11,000 to £11,500 in April 2017.
- Basic rate threshold will rise from £43,001 to £45,000 in April 2017.
- The amount you can put into a pension without being taxed (money purchase annual allowance) after you’ve started taking incomes from it − will be reduced. It will fall from £10,000 now to £4,000 in April 2017.
- ISA limit will increase from £15,240 to £20,000 in April 2017
- From April 2017, non-doms will be deemed UK-domiciled for tax purposes if they have been UK resident for 15 of the past 20 years, or if they were born in the UK with a UK domicile of origin
- From 1 April 2017 a business will be required to use a FRS percentage of 16.5% if it is a “low cost trader”.
- (a low cost trader is a business whose expenditure on goods (not services) is less than 2% of its gross turnover)
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