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Autumn Statement update

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

His speech and the supporting documentation set out both tax and economic measures. Some of the pertinent tax and employee welfare measures announced were:

  • 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
  • a reduction of the Money Purchase Annual Allowance for pensions to £4,000
  • a 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 including the introduction of a higher 16.5% rate for some businesses
  • autumn Budgets commencing in autumn 2017
  • 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

Read our Autumn Statement Review.

Internet link: GOV.UK autumn statement documents

Advisory fuel rates for company cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which took effect from 1 December 2016.

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‘No excuses’ for auto enrolment mistakes say TPR

The Pensions Regulator is reminding employers and their advisers, that they need to comply with their auto enrolment duties or face penalties.

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Making Tax Digital update

Over the summer HMRC published six consultation documents on Making Tax Digital.

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Recognising genuine contact from HMRC – spotting phishing

HMRC have updated their guidance on how to spot genuine contact from HMRC, and how to tell when an email or text message is phishing or bogus.

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