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Proposed Tax Rises To Pay For Impact Of Coronavirus

It's all just speculation until the Autumn Statement ...

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Posted by Helen Beaumont on 09/09/2020 @ 8:00AM

With the national debt now tipping over £2 trillion for the first time ever, it is becoming obvious that the Chancellor is going to make some tough decisions on what tax rises are needed to pay it all off ...

No decisions have been made yet, but tax rises are most definitely on the cards!

No decisions have been made yet, but tax rises are most definitely on the cards!

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The COVID-19 support measures have been welcomed by many across the country, and schemes like CJRS and SEISS have helped a lot of businesses retain staff and keep trading.

So, what tax changes are being considered for the Autumn Statement? Well, the Treasury has been calculating a number of tax increases, with various degrees of reluctance from the Chancellor, Number 10 and backbench MPs.

The rumours that have been in the press recently include :

  • Corporation Tax raising from 19% to 24%

  • Capital Gains Tax to be aligned to the Income Tax rate of the taxpayer

  • No more higher-rate Income Tax relief for pension contributions

  • Simplification of Inheritance Tax

  • Rolling out the Online Sales Tax

  • Redirection of part or all of the Foreign Aid budget

  • Fuel and alcohol duty may be increased

However, it does look like Income Tax rises are not on the cards and no form of Wealth Tax will be considered. There may be rises in Council Tax, so this will impact homeowners dependant on the size of their property.

No decisions have been made yet, though the Chancellor is looking to raise another £12 billion per year, so it has to come from somewhere!

We'll have to wait and see what Rishi Sunak announces during his Autumn Statement in Parliament, though I believe the reports simplify what's going to happen, and there'll be a hybrid package of spending cuts and tax rises to help pay off the national debt.

My advice to any individual taxpayer is to always be aware of what reliefs are available and to definitely create a tax plan with your Tax Adviser. Owner-managed businesses will need to review their cash-extraction strategy and look into the likes of R&D reliefs and other deductions such as capital allowances.

And entrepreneurs are facing the loss of the Entrepreneur's Relief since the lifetime limit was reduced to £1 million, EIS and SEIS may also be tweaked, so I suggest watching the Autumn Statement closely.

"Let's wait and see what happens with pensions!"

It's a little worrying that there is talk of the Triple Lock being removed from the State Pension and that those in their 40s will now have to wait a further 2-years before they can access their private pension funds.

Until next time ...



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About Helen Beaumont ...


Helen brings the personal tax planning experience of the top 20 tax companies to Essendon. Formerly of MacIntyre Hudson (with 45 offices nationwide), Helen worked at Chancery for more than 10 years before joining Essendon as the personal tax specialist.

Tax Planning can make a considerable difference to your tax liability. Helen has specialist knowledge and experience in tax planning and uses every opportunity to minimise your tax bill is utilised. By analysing your investments, income, profit and expenditures, Helen will provide strategic tax planning expertise that could offer significant savings, whilst delivering clear, honest advice and guidance.

When Helen is not at Essendon she spends time with her young son and likes going on long walks with the family dog.