As previously announced the rate of corporation tax will increase from April 2023 to 25% on profits over £250,000. The rate for small profits under £50,000 will remain at 19%, and there will be taper relief for businesses with profits between £50,000 and £250,000, so that their average rate is less than the main rate. In line with the increase in the main rate, the Diverted Profits Tax rate will rise to 31% from April 2023.
The £1m AIA will be extended to 31 March 2023.
Following the recent consultation, R&D tax reliefs will be amended to expand qualifying expenditure to include data and cloud costs, make sure that the R&D regimes are focused on encouraging investment in UK based R&D, and to target abuse and improve compliance. These changes will be legislated for in Finance Bill 2022-23 and take effect from April 2023.
Some of the English Freeport tax sites have been designated. Businesses within these tax sites can benefit from the various tax incentives for these areas. The first tax sites will be in Humber, Teesside and Thames, and those Freeports will be able to begin initial operations from November.
The NLW, for individuals aged 23 and over will rise by 6.6% to £9.50 an hour from 1 April 2022. Other age ranges of NLW will also increase from this date.
As announced previously, legislation is introduced for a new 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy. It will apply UK-wide, to the same population and income as Class 1 (Employee, Employer) and Class 4 (Self-Employed) National Insurance contributions (NICs), and to the main and additional rates. The Levy will be effectively introduced from April 2022. From April 2023, once HMRC’s systems are updated, the 1.25% Levy will be formally separated out and will also apply to the earnings of individuals working above State Pension age.