Budget Briefing 2016


Susie Walker

Susie Walker

Partner & Head of Tax


George Osborne delivered a Budget with widespread tax changes on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

Key headline items include:

  • Income tax: from April 2017 personal allowance increases to £11,500. The higher rate threshold of income tax goes up to £45,000, again from April 2017. From 6 April 2016 the Scottish Rate of Income Tax will apply if you live in Scotland.  For 2016/17 the overall rates of income tax paid will be the same UK wide. For 2017/18, the Scottish rates are expected to be announced in autumn 2016.
  • Capital gains tax: rates cut from April 2016 to 20% for higher rate taxpayers and to 10% for basic rate taxpayers, with certain exceptions applying. Changes were also announced to Entrepreneurs' relief to relax the impact of previous legislation.
  • Corporation tax: rate cut to 17% from 1 April 2020.
  • Insurance Premium Tax: increases from 9.5% to 10% with effect from 1 October 2016.

Our expert team have analysed the Budget in full and have pulled out the important issues that we believe may affect you or your business.

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