Budget 2024 - Your Country Needs You

Today's spring Budget 2024 was a worker's Budget. There were many changes encouraging us back into work. Not just the reductions in National Insurance but also aiming to deal with certain perceived unfairness to help us all feel better about bothering to turn up:

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Looking Forward To Tax Changes In 2024

With Covid, several Prime Ministers and Chancellors and the run up to a general election, changes to the tax system have been numerous and we can expect more in 2024.

What can we see on the horizon and how should you react?

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Autumn Statement 2023 - More Drip Than Waterfall


This was very much about 'making work pay' and aiming to improve productivity. Important though national insurance tax reductions are to help sole traders and partnerships, they do nothing to help those caught by frozen thresholds or running small limited companies.

Sole traders and partners

With Class 2 national insurance abolished and Class 4 national insurance reduced by 1% from April 2024 but dividend tax unchanged, more businesses may decide to remain as sole traders rather than incorporate or even prefer to disincorporate.

When you add in that the cash basis will become the default way to measure tax profits from April 2024 (for any size sole trader) together with the previously known companies house reforms requiring more company information to be made public, the government clearly wants small businesses to stay as sole traders unless they're large enough to embrace being a limited company in full.

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After lots of Tricks, it's time for some Treats!

Here are some tax free treats you could take from your company, with the maximum tax free amounts for a two person shareholder-director company shown in brackets. 

  • Salary (£25k pa)
  • Trivial Benefits (£600 pa)
  • Annual Parties (£600 pa)
  • Cycle To Work Scheme (Credit License Limit: £2k)
  • Private Health Checks (Annual - £No Limit)
  • Eye Tests (Annual - £No Limit)
  • Tax Free Dividends (£2k)
  • Pensions (£120k pa – With IFA Advice)
  • Relevant Life Policies (£Not Excessive)
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