2017 UK Autumn Budget Highlights

This newsletter provides a summary of the key tax points from the 2017 Autumn Budget based on the documents released on 22nd November 2017. It is possible that changes will be made between now and the publication of the Finance Bill.We will keep you informed of any significant developments.

First budgets of a new parliament are traditionally the dramatic ones in which the Chancellor dispenses the unpalatable medicine of tax increases, because they are at the furthest point from the next election. However, for a variety of reasons, Mr Hammond did not follow the norm. Far from increasing the Exchequer’s income, the Budget Red Book reveals a net tax giveaway of just under £1.6 billion in the coming tax year.

Budget highlights were as follows:

  • First time buyers of residential property outside Scotland will pay no stamp duty land tax on the first £300,000 of the purchase price for a home, provided its value does not exceed £500,000.
  • The personal allowance will rise to £11,850 and the higher rate tax threshold for the UK (excluding non-savings, non-dividend income in Scotland) will rise to £46,350 for 2018/19.
  • The pension lifetime allowance will be increased from £1 million to £1.03 million from April 2018. There will be no change to the annual allowance.
  • Venture capital trusts, enterprise investment schemes and seed enterprise investment schemes will be required to focus more on companies where there is a real investment risk.
  • The diesel supplement for company cars will be increased from 3% to 4% from April 2018.
  • Online marketplaces will become jointly and severally liable for unpaid VAT of UK traders as well as overseas traders.
  • There will be several changes to business rates, notably dealing with the ‘staircase tax’ and introducing valuations every three years. 

Click here to read our full commentary on the Autumn Budget 2017.

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