The Spring Budget 2017 – Key Points
Personal Allowance – the personal tax free allowance for UK residents will increase to £11,500 from 6th April 2017.
Higher Rate Threshold – Scottish residents will have a higher tax rate threshold of £43,000, £2000 lower than the rest of the UK.
Two New Allowances – ‘the Trading and Property Income Allowances’ are £1000 each and can be deducted from sole trader income and rental property income in place of actual expenses. These will be available from 6th April 2017.
Dividend Allowance Reductions – the tax free dividend allowance which was introduced in April 2016 will be reduced from £5000 to £2000 from the 6th April 2018.
Class 2 NIC will be abolished from April 2018 but this will now be coupled with an increase in Class 4 to 10% in 2018 and 11% in 2019. This is intended to reduce the gap between employed and self-employed. There are thresholds in place for those with low profits, where contributions are not required and there is an upper threshold where contributions cease.
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Quarterly reporting for unincorporated businesses with turnover below the VAT threshold will be postponed until April 2019.
Corporation Tax will be reduced to 19% from April 2017.
From 1st April 2017 the VAT threshold will increase to £85,000. The deregistration threshold has been increased to £83,000.
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