Autumn Statement Overview

November 23, 2023

You can view and download a full overview of the Autumn Statement here.

Further comment from Anthony Andreasen, director Director of Tax, is below –

“With many North East firms battling a range of enduring financial, inflationary and operational challenges, the Chancellor’s clear focus on business support measures today will be what the region’s entrepreneurs and company owners wanted to see, and the hope will be that they have the impact that Mr Hunt wants to see as quickly as possible.

“The decision to make the full capital expensing system introduced earlier in the year a permanent measure will give business owners greater certainty about their future investment decisions and the growth strategies they’re designed to support, although the increase in the corporate tax rate to 25% that companies are now facing is likely to somewhat dampen its impact.

“Companies in the burgeoning North East knowledge economy will welcome the renewed investment pledges on innovation and AI, with the strategic manufacturing investment focus on industries such as automotive, life sciences and carbon capture matching the region’s existing commitment to leading the way in these sectors.

“Late payment remains a drag on the capacity of businesses to grow, so further measures to tackle the cashflow problems that this wholly avoidable issue causes will be appreciated by companies of all sizes, while planning reforms will be music to the ears of North East firms who often have to wait months or even years to get decisions on the projects they want to progress.

“The details on the Chancellor’s consultation on giving pension savers a legal right to require a new employer to pay pension contributions into their existing pension obviously still need to be seen, but the hope will be that this measure doesn’t give employers any significant additional administrative burdens to bear.

“Cuts in National Insurance contributions for individuals and the self-employed are balanced by the continuing freeze in personal allowances in the current inflationary environment, which are likely to leave many people paying out more than they’re getting back.”

Notable headlines for business owners include:

  • National Living Wage increase
    • The National Living Wage will rise from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour in April next year. The higher wage will also be paid to 21 and 22-year-olds for the first time.
  • National Insurance cuts for employees
    • The National Insurance rate will be cut by 2 percentage points from 12% to 10%, from 6 January.
  • National Insurance cuts for self-employed
    • Class 2 National Insurance paid by self-employed to be abolished, saving the average self-employed person £192 a year.
    • Those who pay “Class 4” National Insurance at 9% on all earnings between £12,570 and £50,270 will see that cut by 1 percentage point to 8% from April.
  • Business tax break made permanent
    • For every £1 that a business invests in IT, machinery and equipment, they can claim back 25p in corporation tax. Companies can do this in one go as opposed to having to offset the cost against corporation tax over period.
  • Small business relief
    • The small business multiplier has been frozen for a further year.
  • Hospitality, leisure and retail rate freeze extended
    • The 75% discount on business rates up to £110,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses have been extended another year.
    • The freeze on alcohol duty also stands for another year.
  • Pensions
    • The state pension will increase by 8.5% next year, in line with average earnings. It will reach £221 a week from April.

If you have any questions or concerns about the impact of the above on your business, or are seeking other help for your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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