2017 March Budget - What Could Happen
23rd February 2017
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Against this background and considering that tax receipts are higher than forecast and Brexit I do not forecast major changes in policy in this March budget - if there are to be any I would expect announcements in the Autumn.

So what to expect:

  • Small business rate relief, spoken about a lot and widely anticipated to be included in the Provisions.
  •  Funding announcements concerning one or more of the NHS, social care and Education.
  • Increase in the personal allowance for 2017-2018 my guess would be £11,500.
  • More measures regarding tax avoidance.
  • Given Mr Hammonds words some measures regarding multinational companies - tightening of  tax rules or no business rate relief for the likes of Starbucks and Amazon.
  • I expect that in the fullness of time there to be an increase in the Capital Gains Tax rates to be nearer to or match Income tax rates.
  • Again in the fullness of time I expect that Pension contributions will be restricted to Basic rate relief only.
  • Announced in the last budget we may find out what the National Productivity Investment Fund is to be allocated to.
  • I expect some changes to RandD tax credits pros sibyl coupled with Brexit.

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