Welcome to the first issue of our new monthly e-newsletter. At the start of each month, we will be keeping you updated with the latest tax and accountancy news. The budget was fairly uneventful with no major or unexpected changes – we have highlighted some of the main news below, with more information on our website.
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Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers
It was announced in the Budget that first-time buyers will pay no stamp duty for the first £300,000 on properties worth up to £500,000; a saving of up to £5,000.
VAT threshold – no change
There had been talks leading up to the Budget that the VAT registration threshold would be decreased to as low as £25,000. It was confirmed by the Chancellor that the current limit of £85,000 will remain unchanged until 1 April 2020.
Class 2 NICs
Class 2 NI contributions for the self-employed will now be abolished from April 2019 instead of April next year as initially planned in the Spring Budget.
The personal allowance will be increasing as normal from £11,500 to £11,850 from April 2018, a similar but slightly smaller increase than in previous years.
The reduction in the dividend allowance, from £5,000 to £2,000, has been confirmed as planned and will apply from 6th April.