Spring Budget 2017

(Following the publication of our Budget Summary, please note the following change:

One of the significant announcements Chancellor Philip Hammond made on Budget Day was the proposed increases to the main rate of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) paid by self-employed individuals. The rate was to increase from 9% to 10% from April 2018 with a further increase planned from 10% to 11% from April 2019.

The Chancellor has announced that the government will not now proceed with the proposed increase in Class 4 NICs rates. Self-employed individuals currently pay Class 2 and Class 4 NICs. Class 2 NICs are to be abolished from April 2018.)

On Wednesday 8 March 2017 Philip Hammond delivered the last Spring Budget speech of this Government. So what exactly did the Chancellor say and, more importantly, what did it actually mean?

A summary of this year’s Budget is now available here.

Budget announcements contain many fundamental taxation changes which will affect business and personal lives for the year to come. Written in plain English, we have broken the summary down into the main areas of taxation, including business and corporate, employment, personal and capital. We have also included comments on the more important changes, together with any planning points that may arise.

The summary provides an invaluable update for you and will help you get to grips with the changes. It will remain on our site for you to refer to as and when you need it but if you have any questions, don’t forget we are here to help you navigate and plan your way through the tax maze, so please do get in touch.