Autumn 2017 Budget a Quick Glance

Autumn 2017 Budget a Quick Glance

Announcements made in the 2017 Autumn Budget that may impact small businesses, freelancers and contractors are looked at in this quick summary.

National Living Wage

The National Living Wage will rise to £7.83 from April 2018 for employee over 25 years of age.

Income Tax and Personal Allowance

Personal Allowance will rise to £11,850 from April 2018. The rise to the higher rate tax band will now see it increase to £46,350.

Additional Taxes

No changes to additional taxes such as Corporation Tax, National Insurance Contribution and dividends have been announced.

Research and Development

Research and Development will be invested in heavily with a further £2.3 billion promised and R&D tax credits will rise to 12%.


No changes to IR35 were announced, however a consultation on IR35 in the private sector is going ahead.

Vat Threshold

No changes to the VAT threshold were announced. It will be kept at the same level i.e. £85,000 for the next two years.

Business Rates

Changes to the way in which Business rates are to be calculated were announced. This change will see business rates been calculated using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI) from April 2018.

‘Making Tax Digital’

No announcements on ‘Making Tax digital’.

New Diesel Cars

A rise in car tax on new diesel cars that do not meet “clean diesel” benchmarks will be charged. This rise pertains to diesel cars only and not diesel vans.

Tax avoidance

Tactical measures that will allow HMRC to tackle tax avoidance are being planned.

First time Home Buyers

First time buyers will not pay stamp duty on properties up to £300,000. This will apply from the day that the Autumn Budget 2017 was announced. It also applies to any property bought for up to £500,000, where no stamp duty will be paid up to £300, 000 of its value.

Changes to the Spring Budget

The main Budget will be announced in Autumn with a Spring Statement in place of a full Spring Budget from 2018.

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