Rabbits, Top Hats, Pot Holes but where’s Alice as Fiscal Phil builds our Wonderland?

The Budget last week had all the potential to be a fairy tale, but no.

The annual forecasts are set to rise, and more people are forecast to be in jobs by 2022, meaning the tax receipt projections are up, making more spending possible.

For Business
Philip Hammond put the focus on building business in the 2018 Budget. With extra allowances for spending on Plant and Machinery, up from £200,000 to a massive £1 million for one year from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019. We recommend care is taken when planning expenditure especially when a business year end straddles those 2 dates, because the allowance will be apportioned.

The same timing considerations should be given when building or improving a commercial property. The new Structures and Buildings Allowance (SBA) will help those constructing or renovating a commercial building.

And a reduction of one third in the business rates for the small shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, not to mention a complete waiver of business rates on public loos, making it cheaper to do business on the High Street!

For Individuals
This Budget has hit business and property owners. The rules have changed for those wishing to dispose of their shares in their own company at a reduced rate of tax. The criteria for claiming Entrepreneurs Relief (ER) has tightened, while those who rent out a former home have taken a blow too. The final period for the private residence relief has been reduced in addition to the Letting Relief having all but disappeared.

But on the positive side, all individual basic rate taxpayers will be £130 per annum better off as the increase in personal allowances is brought forward by one year.

There is lots of possible help in the Budget for businesses large and small and we’re here ready to help. We believe it’s better to chat through all plans before taking any action and so if you would like to see how the 2018 Budget changes can help you, your family and your business, why not contact the Thursfields team on 01782 594958 and we’ll arrange to meet with you.

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With us on your side, you’ll feel confident the tax system is working for you. You can feel secure that your business is being looked after by a professional firm, who’ll make sure all your deadlines are met. And you’ll feel relaxed, dealing with helpful, highly-skilled tax specialists who offer a personalised service and peace of mind.

So why not get in touch today? Call us on 01782 594958 or contact us at info@thursfieldstax.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you.