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The Chancellor announced that there would be no change to the plan revealed in Budget 2016 that the Corporation Tax main rate will remain at 19% for the years beginning 1 April 2018 and 2019 having fallen from 20% at 1 April this year.
The Government had also announced in the previous budget that the Corporation Tax main rate will be further reduced to 17% from 1 April 2020.
The above changes clearly benefit corporations and family businesses of all sizes, with the cut in Corporation Tax forming part of the Government’s stated aim of making the UK an attractive place to do business.
The indexation allowance which aims to negate the effects of inflation on corporate capital gains is to be frozen from 1 January 2018. The effect of this is that no relief will be available for inflation accruing after this date for companies selling chargeable assets. Relief from the date of acquisition through to 1 January 2018 will continue to be available for disposals after this date.
The indexation allowance freeze brings the corporate gains rules in line with individuals and trusts, both of whom do not currently benefit from a relief linked to inflation.
The annual chargeable amounts for the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) will be increased by inflation for the 2018/19 chargeable period which begins on 1 April 2018.
For residential properties valued above the threshold of £500,000 up to £1,000,000, which are not eligible for relief, this will increase the annual charge to £3,600. The annual charges for higher value properties are similarly increased.
There were no new announcements on Making Tax Digital (MTD), but the Government confirmed:
Whilst the recent budget didn’t throw up any significant headline announcements for our Manufacturing Sector, there were various items outlined which should have a positive impact on the sector, including: Research & Development
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