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Spring 2017 Budget news

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament.

Some key points for small businesses and tax payers: -


  • Tax-Free Childcare will provide up to £2,000 a year in childcare support for each child under 12.

    Parents will be able to receive up to £4,000 for disabled children up to the age of 17.

    Parents of younger children will be able to apply for the scheme first, with all eligible parents able to access the scheme by the end of the year.

    Working parents in England will also be able to apply for an additional 15 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds, bringing the total to 30 hours a week.

  • Small Businesses and landlords under the VAT threshold will have an extra year to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD)

    Unincorporated businesses (businesses owned privately by one or more people) that have an annual turnover below the VAT registration threshold will have until April 2019 to prepare before MTD becomes mandatory.

    Under MTD, businesses will use digital software to keep tax records and update HMRC quarterly.

  • Currently, the self-employed may have to pay both Class 4 and Class 2 NICs:

    • Class 4 NICs at 9% are paid on profits between £8,060 and £43,000
    • Class 2 NICs are paid on profits of £5,965 or more

    From 2018, Class 2 NICs will be abolished. Class 4 NICs will rise to 10% in April 2018 and to 11% in April 2019.

  • Tax-free dividend allowance will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018

    This will reduce the tax difference between the self-employed and those working through a company.

Posted by on 8th March 2017

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