The Spring Budget brought good news and some bad news for businesses. A summary of key points are as follows:
- UK economy to grow 2% rather than 1.4%, the Chancellor says.
- In 2018 growth is forecast to slow to 1.6%, before picking up to 1.7%, then 1.9%, and back to 2% in 2021
- Inflation is forecast to hit 2.4% this year, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility.
- No business losing small business rate relief will see their bill increase next year by more than £50 a month
- 90% of local pubs will have a £1,000 discount on their business rates bill
- On tax avoidance he announces tackling abuse of foreign pension schemes, Introducing UK VAT on roaming telecoms services & Implementing new financial penalties for professionals who enable a tax avoidance arrangement that is later defeated by HMRC
- Lower National Insurance contributions from self-employed workers is forecast to cost public finances £5bn this year alone.
- NI contributions will rise for the self-employed by 1% to 10% from April next year. That will then rise again to 11% in 2019
- He announces that he will reduce the tax-free dividend allowance for directors/shareholders from £5,000 to £2,000 with effect from April 2018
- A further 650,000 people expected to be in employment by 2021
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