Budget Highlights

We are pleased to share our summary of the Spring Budget delivered by the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, on Wednesday 6 March.

Drawing attention to the UK’s continued creative industry growth, Hunt claimed that we’re set to be second only to Hollywood by next year!

Incorporating this in the government’s top priorities for spending, some of today’s most notable policy announcements included plans to invest £1 billion into the creative industry!

Some of our key takeaways from this include:

  • £1bn for UK Creative Industries
  • £26.4m for the National Theatre
  • Changes to visual effects relief
  • Business rates promoting film industry investment in England
  • Introducing Audio-visual Expenditure credit
  • Tax reliefs for orchestras, theatre and museums/galleries

In what was also widely expected to be Mr Hunt’s final Budget ahead of an election, speculation in the final run up focused on the trade-offs that might be required around cutting taxes and meeting both fiscal rules and spending commitments. Ultimately the Chancellor had it both ways, with some headline grabbing measures aimed at easing the tax burden on earners and families, while also introducing some tax increases to cover their costs.

In a speech punctuated by several interventions from the Deputy Speaker for order, there were some key headline items:

  • The main class 1 national insurance contribution (NIC) rate will drop from 10% to 8% from 6 April 2024, the second cut in six months.
  • The main rate of class 4 self-employed NICs will similarly reduce from 8% to 6%.
  • The high income child benefit charge (HICBC) will be reformed. The threshold increases to £60,000 from April 2024, while the rate at which the charge is levied will be halved, so that child benefit will not be fully withdrawn until an individual’s income reaches £80,000.
  • For residential property disposals, the higher rate of capital gains tax (CGT) will be cut from 28% to 24% from 6 April 2024.
  • A new UK individual savings account (ISA) will create an additional £5,000 allowance on top of the current £20,000 ISA limit.
  • The furnished holiday letting tax regime will be abolished from 6 April 2025.
  •  From 1 April 2024, the VAT registration and de-registration levels will be increased to £90,000 and £88,000 respectively.
  • The non-domicile rules will be replaced with a new regime based on residence from April 2025.
  • Multiple dwelling relief within the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime for England and Northern Ireland will be abolished from 1 June 2024.
  • Alcohol and fuel duties are frozen.

As ever the Budget publications contained a wide range of detailed proposals and much to digest. Our Budget Summary highlights the key aspects likely to affect you. If you have any questions about what you should do next, please get in touch.

Download your copy here.

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