Autumn Statement 2022: Key Points

Jeremy Hunt’s long-awaited Autumn Statement, delayed from 31st October, looked to close a sizeable “black hole” in the country’s finances based around 3 priorities, stability, growth and public services. With lots of rumours circulating ahead of the budget, there were few surprises to come out of his recent announcement, however, we’ve pulled together the biggest statements:

Dividend Tax-Free Allowance

As expected, the dividend tax free allowance threshold will be reduced from £2,000 to £1,000 from April 2023, however in a further step, this will be reduced further in 2024-25 to £500.

Capital Gains Tax-Free Allowance

Also rumoured before the budget, the threshold for Capital Gains Tax will be reduced from £12,300 to £6,000 from April 2023. Similarly to the dividend allowance, a further reduction will be seen in 2024-25 to £3,000.

Additional Rate of Income Tax

From April 2023, the threshold for the additional rate of income tax will be reduced from £150,000 to £125,140. Anyone earning above £125,140 will be taxed at the 45% from the next financial year.

Personal Tax Thresholds

No changes to the personal tax thresholds, which are to be maintained at the current level until April 2028. This also includes the National Insurance Contribution threshold.

Annual Investment Allowance

Jeremy Hunt confirmed today that the Annual Investment Allowance will be permanently set at £1m to help promote growth.

Employment Allowance

Designed to help smaller companies with employment costs, today the Employment Allowance was confirmed to stay at £5,000 meaning that eligible employers can continue to benefit from a reduction in their Employer National Insurance bill.

Corporation Tax

As we already knew from Hunt back in October, Corporation Tax is due to increase to 25% in April 2023 if a company’s profits exceed £250,000. Companies whose profits are between £50,001 and £250,000 will be subject to a tapered relief. Companies whose profits fall below £50,000 will remain at 19%.

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Published on: 17 November 2022 - By: First Freelance

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