Rishi Sunak announced his spring statement yesterday.
Impact on small and medium businesses (SME’s):
- National Insurance starting thresholds will rise to £12,570 from July. About 70% of workers who pay NICs will pay less of it (typically £336), even after accounting for the Health and Social Care Levy.
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- fuel duty for petrol and diesel cut by 5p per litre from 6pm tonight saving around £200 for an average van driver and £1500 for a haulier
- the basic rate of income tax will also be cut by 1p in the pound in 2024. The cut is worth £5 billion for workers, savers and pensioners and will be the first cut to the basic rate in 16 years.
- The Employment Allowance increased – a relief which allows smaller businesses to reduce their employers National Insurance contributions bills each year – from £4,000 to £5,000.
- The Chancellor has committed to improving R&D tax credits to “deliver better value for money for the taxpayer while being more generous”. Details will be announced later in the year.
- an increase to the National Living Wage, worth £1,000 for full time workers
- A 100% relief for eligible low-carbon heat networks which have their own rates bill will also be available. This is on top of reducing the VAT on energy savings materials (ESM) from 5% to 0%
These announcements boost the existing business support package, which includes:
- From April 1, a temporary 50% business rates relief for eligible retail, hospitality, and leisure properties, is also coming in. It is worth £1.7 billion for small businesses
- Freezing the business rates multiplier for another year saving businesses £4.6 billion over the next 5 years
- Introducing the temporary super-deduction, for every pound a company invests, their taxes are cut by up to 25p
- Increasing the Annual Investment Allowance to £1 million – this is a support for capital expenditure provided through the AIA providing full expensing for all SMEs
- Extending the transitional relief for business rates and supporting small business schemes for 2022-23, which will restrict bill increases from between 15% to 25% for SMEs.
- Establishing Help to Grow, which is giving SMEs the tools they need to innovate, grow, and help drive our economic recovery. As a result of the scheme 90% of survey respondents have made changes or are planning to make changes to the way they manage, organise or operate their business