Budget Hub 2017

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Budget 2017 Highlights

  • A reduction in the dividend allowance from the current £5,000 to £2,000 from 2018/19.
  • A 1% increase in the main Class 4 NIC rate to 10% for 2018/19 and a further 1% addition to 11% for 2019/20.
  • A one year deferral in the start date for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for unincorporated businesses and landlords whose turnover is below the VAT threshold (£85,000 from 1 April 2017).
  • An increase in the personal allowance for 2017/18 to £11,500 and a corresponding rise in the higher rate threshold to £45,000, although in Scotland the latter figure will only apply to savings and dividend income.
  • A new 25% tax charge on transfers to qualifying recognised overseas pension schemes (QROPS), other than for those who have ‘a genuine need’ to transfer.
  • Three measures to help small businesses cope with the changes to business rates, due to take effect in April 2017, starting with a new £50 a month cap (in 2017/18 only) for businesses that lose Small Business Rate Relief.
  • The publication later in the year of a green paper examining the funding of social care, although the Chancellor ruled out the rumoured ‘death tax’. In the interim an additional £1bn is to be made available for social care funding in 2017/18.
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