On Wednesday 23rd November 2016, the Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his first, and last,  Autumn Statement along with the Spending Review.

Our summary concentrates on the tax measures which include:

• the government reaffirming the objectives to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 by the end of this Parliament
• reduction of the Money Purchase Annual Allowance
• review of ways to build on research and development tax relief
• tax and National Insurance advantages of salary sacrifice schemes to be removed
• anti-avoidance measures for the VAT Flat Rate Scheme
• autumn Budgets commencing in autumn 2017.

In addition, the Chancellor announced the following pay and welfare measures:

• National Living Wage to rise from £7.20 an hour to £7.50 from April 2017
• Universal Credit taper rate to be cut from 65% to 63% from April 2017.

In the March Budget the government announced various proposals, many of which have been subject to consultation with interested parties. Some of these proposals are summarised here. Draft legislation relating to many of these areas will be published on 5 December and some of the details may change as a result.

Our summary also provides a reminder of other key tax developments which are to take place from April 2017.


Download our free summary below:

Autumn Statement 2016

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If you want to discuss any of the issues raised in the Autumn Statement and how they might affect you then get in touch – call 01438 750555 or email enquiries@bakerwatkin.co.uk