Spring Budget 2023
Earlier today Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt presented his Spring Budget for 2023. Below we list the immediate key points from the Budget.
- Most tax rates and allowances were announced in advance at the Autumn Statement, so the Budget focused more on spending than on tax
- The main personal tax-free allowance and the 40% tax rate threshold remain frozen at their 2022/23 levels until the end of 2027/28, representing a tax rise where income increases
- The 45% threshold is lowered from £150,000 to £125,140 for 2023/24
- Tax-free dividend allowance falls from £2,000 to £1,000, and CGT annual exempt amount falls from £12,300 to £6,000, for 2023/24
- Pension savings thresholds significantly increased: from 6 April 2023, Annual Allowance rises from £40,000 to £60,000 (with related changes to tapering and Lifetime Allowance Charge is abolished; maximum tax-free lump sum remains 25% of former Lifetime Allowance, i.e. £268,275
- ISA investment limit remains £20,000
- Increase in limit for shares that can be granted under Company Share Ownership Plans confirmed at £60,000
- Small Enterprise Investment Scheme limits increased from 6 April 2023 – maximum for investor is doubled to £200,000
- IHT thresholds and rates unchanged to the end of 2027/28
- Confirmation of corporation tax rate increase from 19% to 25% from 1 April 2023 for profits over £250,000
- ‘Super-deduction’ for plant and machinery bought up to 31 March 2023 replaced by 100% first-year allowance for qualifying capital expenditure, without upper limit, for three years from 1 April 2023
- Improvements to Research & Development tax reliefs from 1 April 2023
- Reforms to audio-visual tax reliefs from 1 April 2024
- Announcement of 12 ‘Investment Zones’ to be established throughout UK with incentives for investment and employment
- Energy Price Guarantee retained at £2,500 for average household for another 3 months to 1 July 2023
- Significant expansion of free childcare provision to be phased in from April 2024
- Fuel duty frozen, and temporary 5p reduction retained, for another year
- Introduction of ‘Returnerships’ – similar to apprenticeships – to encourage over-50s back into work
Find out more
Our Budget Hub provides full summary of the announcements made, along with reactions from our team.
If you have any queries about how any of the above may impact you or your business please get in touch with a member of our Tax Team on 01903 234094.