Well the 2012 Autumn Statement has now been given and we will do a quick shortlist of the important changes for personal tax, business and benefits.
Changes which will affect individual pockets
- People born after 5th April 1948 (Under 65) will have a higher than previous announced tax free personal allowance. The chancellor has announced an increase of £1,335 from the current (2012) allowance of £8,105. From April 6th 2013, the tax free allowance will be £9,440.
- The higher rate threshold actually falls from £32,245 to £32,010 - a cut of £235 - but this is countered by the £235 lift in the personal allowance. From April 6th 2013, people under 65 can earn £41,450 before going into higher rate tax.
- The chancellor is committed to increasing the higher rate threshold by 1% in 2014 and into 2015, £41,865 and £42,285 respectively.
- Fuel duty escalator cancelled, so no 3 pence rise in fuel duty in January 2013.
- ISA savings limit will be raised to £11,520 from the current £11,280. Increase of £240.
- Inheritance tax threshold rising below inflation, 1%, next year.
- Working benefits to rise 1% over next three years.
- Basic state pension rising to £110.15 per week from 2013 - a 2.5% rise.
- Child benefit to rise by 1% from two years from next April.
- Housing benefit rises to be capped at 1% for two years from 2014.
- Pension relief on lifetime contributions to drop to £1.25 million from 2014.
- Pension tax relief capped at £40,000 - a drop of £10,000 from previously announced .
- No mansion tax announced - nor changes to stamp duties.
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- Corporation tax main rate to be cut to 21% from April 2014 - this is already dropping to 23% from April 2013.
- No information yet on marginal rate or small companies rate.
- Unemployment should peak at 8.3% - this is a 0.4% lower prediction than previously announced (8.7%).
- Growth in 2013 to be 1.2%, 2% in 2014, 2.3% in 2015, 2.7% in 2016 and reaching 2.8% in 2017.
- Growth negatively downgraded for this year. 2012 now predicted to be minus 0.1 percent - a 0.8 percent drop from past predictions.
- The Government is committed to decreasing unemployment for each year they are in parliament.
- Investment to be made in road, A1, A30, and M25 at a cost of £1 Billion.
- Northern Line is being extended to Battersea at a cost of £1 Billion.
- Ultra fast broadband planned for 12 cities, £600 Billion for Scientific research, total yearly infrastructure budget rises to £33 Billion.
- Business bank gets £1 billion capital injection.
Overall no net rises in taxes, lower than expected growth - as speculated, unemployment high but falling, more money to build/improve schools and colleges, overseas aid to be curbed.