Budget Reports

Spring Statement 2018 – Introduction

  The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his first Spring Statement on Tuesday 13 March 2018. In his speech he provided an update on the economy and responded to the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts. In addition he launched consultations on various aspects of the tax system. In this publication we concentrate on the tax consultations…
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Spring Statement 2018 – Personal Tax

The personal allowance The personal allowance for 2018/19 is £11,850. Comment Some individuals do not benefit from the full personal allowance. There is a reduction in the personal allowance for those with ‘adjusted net income’ over £100,000, which is £1 for every £2 of income above £100,000. So for 2018/19 there is no personal allowance where adjusted net…
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Spring Statement 2018 – Business Tax

Making Tax Digital for Business: VAT HMRC is phasing in its landmark Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime, which will ultimately require taxpayers to move to a fully digital tax system. Regulations have now been issued which set out the requirements for MTD for VAT. Under the new rules, businesses with a turnover above the VAT…
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Spring Statement 2018 – Employment Taxes

Employer provided cars The scale of charges for working out the taxable benefit for an employee who has use of an employer provided car are now announced well in advance. Most cars are taxed by reference to bands of CO2 emissions multiplied by the original list price of the vehicle. Currently there is a 3%…
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Spring Statement 2018 – Capital Taxes

Capital gains tax (CGT) rates The current rates of CGT are 10%, to the extent that any income tax basic rate band is available, and 20% thereafter. Higher rates of 18% and 28% apply for certain gains; mainly chargeable gains on residential properties with the exception of any element that qualifies for private residence relief….
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Spring Statement 2018 – Other Matters

Property transaction taxes In the Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced an exemption from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for first-time home buyers. From 22 November 2017, there is an exemption from SDLT on the first £300,000 when buying a home, where the total price of the property is not more than £500,000. 5% is payable…
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