Mini-Budget 2022 (The Growth Plan) Announced 23rd September 2022
Donna @ DLR Accounting Solutions has put together a very brief overview of the key points of the budget. Highlighting some key areas that are very relevant to the SME business owner.
The main message from the chancellor
The Growth Plan 2022 makes growth the government’s central economic mission, setting a target of reaching a 2.5% trend rate. The plan is that sustainable growth will lead to higher wages, greater opportunities and provide sustainable funding for public services. The United
Kingdom currently faces a period of high inflation. The government has already taken big steps to address high energy bills we are all facing right now, the biggest challenge they had which is being addressed by announcing the Energy Price Guarantee.
To drive higher growth, the government aim is to help expand the supply side of the economy. The Growth Plan sets out action to unlock private investment across the whole of the UK, cut red tape to make it quicker to deliver the UK’s critical infrastructure, make work pay, and support people to get onto the property ladder.
Taken together and concentrating on reforming the supply side of the economy, its measure of cutting and simplifying tax, and maintaining fiscal discipline will hopefully drive efficiency, enhance UK competitiveness, and help to boost growth sustainably in the long term.
So lets take a look at some of the measures announced by the chancellor. I’ve highlighted some of the key areas.
The government will reduce the basic rate of income tax to 19% for England and Wales from April 2023. Also, the additional rate of income tax of 45% is abolished from April 2023, meaning the highest rate of income tax for individuals will be 40%.
The basic rate of income tax will be cut to 19% from April 2023. This will apply to non-savings, non-dividend income for taxpayers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A four-year transition period for Gift Aid relief will apply, to maintain the income tax basic rate relief at 20% until April 2027. There will also be one-year transitional period for Relief at Source (RAS) pension schemes to permit them to continue to claim tax relief at 20%.
The additional rate of income tax will also be removed from April 2023. This will apply to the additional rate of non-savings, non-dividend income for taxpayers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As the additional rate of income tax will be removed current additional rate taxpayers will also benefit from the Personal Savings Allowance of £500 for higher rate taxpayers.
From April 2022 the rate of National Insurance contributions across all classes (except Class 2 and 3) was increased by 1.25%. The increase in National Insurance contributions still remains effective for the period 6 April 2022 to 5 November 2022 however, as announced on 23 September 2022, these rates are reverted to historical rates with effect from 6 November 2022. Furthermore, the new Health and Social Care Levy, which was due to take effect from 6 April 2023 is now scrapped.
The annual National Insurance Primary Threshold and Lower Profits Limit, for employees and the self-employed respectively, was increased from £9,880 to £12,570 from July 2022. From April 2022, self-employed individuals with profits between the Small Profits Threshold and Lower Profits Limit will not pay Class 2 NICs. Over the year as a whole for 2022-23, the Lower Profits Limit, the threshold below which self-employed people do not pay National Insurance, is equivalent to an annualised threshold of £9,880 between April to June, and £12,570 from July 2022.
The tax-free dividend allowance is unchanged at £2,000. The increase in dividend tax rates which was due to be applicable from April 2023 is scrapped.
The government is reversing the 1.25% increase in dividend tax rates applying UK-wide from 6 April 2023. Alongside the reversal of the Health and Social Care Levy, the ordinary and upper rates of dividend tax will be reduced to 2021-22 levels of 7.5% and 32.5% respectively.
Due to the abolition of the additional rate of income tax, income that was previously charged at the additional rate, will now be charged at the upper rate of 32.5%.
SDLT thresholds for residential properties in UK have increased from 23 September 2022 as below:
From 23 September 2022, first time buyers will not pay SDLT to pay up to £425,000 and 5% SDLT on the portion from £425,001 to £625,000. If the price is over £625,000, there is no relief available.
Personal Investment allowances (EIS, VCT, SEIS, CSOP)
The Chancellor set out his determination to make this country an entrepreneurial, share- owning democracy. He announced that the Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Venture Capital Trusts will be extended beyond 2025. The limits for the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Company Share Option Plans will be increased to make them more generous. These schemes offer private investors generous tax benefits such as income tax relief, and exemption from capital gains tax and inheritance tax and they are a vital part of driving investment for new start-up companies.
Off-payroll working (IR35) reforms repealed
From 6 April 2023, the recent reforming rules for the public sector (2017) and private sector (2021) are repealed. From that date, workers providing their services via an intermediary will once again be responsible for determining their employment status and paying the appropriate amount of tax and National Insurance contributions. This will free up time and money for businesses that engage contractors, the reform also minimises the risk that genuinely self- employed workers are impacted by the underlying off-payroll rules.
The corporation tax rate will remain at 19%, irrespective of the profit levels. The chancellor scrapped the increase in corporation tax rates which was due to take place from April 2023.
S.455 tax rate on directors’ overdrawn loan accounts will remain at 32.5%.
Annual Investment Allowance (AIA)
The £1 million level of AIA (which was due to end on 31 March 2023) has been made permanent. This means businesses can deduct 100% of the costs of qualifying plant and machinery up to £1 million in the first year.
Businesses in designated areas in investment zones will benefit from 100% business rates relief on newly occupied and expanded premises. Local authorities hosting Investment Zones will receive 100% of the business rates growth above an agreed baseline in designated sites for 25 years.
To incentivise investment there will be a 100% first year enhanced capital allowance relief for plant and machinery used within designated sites and accelerated Enhanced Structures and Buildings Allowance relief of 20% per year.
Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) for non-domestic customers
This scheme will provide energy bill relief for non-domestic customers (that’s you as businesses) in Great Britain. Discounts will be applied to energy usage initially between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.
The scheme will be available to everyone on a non-domestic contract including businesses, voluntary sector organisations, such as charities and public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes.
Suppliers will apply reductions to the bills of all eligible non-domestic customers. The government will compensate suppliers for the reduction in wholesale gas and electricity unit prices that they are passing onto non-domestic customers.