2021 Budget – Key Provisions

The 2021 Budget, more than any other of recent times, is key to the recovery of the UK economy which has been hard hit by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The support offered by Government is to be extended but provisions are already being put in place to pay for that support.

General Provisions

Income Tax, VAT and National Insurance rates will not change

Tax Thresholds will rise this year but will then be frozen for five years. The tax free allowance will move to £12570 and £50,270 for higher rate tax payers.

MInimum wage will rise to £8.91 from April

Corporation Tax will rise to 25% on profits over £250,000, however for smaller companies with profits of less than £50,000 it will remain at 19%

Stamp Duty ‘holiday’ will stay in place until the end of June 2021

There will be no tax on house purchases of less than £500,000

Pension Life Time Allowances, annual Capital gains Tax  exemptions and Inheritance tax thresholds will be frozen until 2025

No increase in alcohol duties

Fuel duty frozen

Tobacco duty to rise by 2% over inflation

COVID-19 Support Measures

The Furlough scheme is to be extended until September, employers will be asked to pay 10% in July,  20% in August and September.

Self Employed Support is to be extended until September. 

The self employed support scheme is to be widened.

Universal Credit £20 per week uplift is to be extended for six months

Working Tax Credit claimants will receive £500 as a one off payment

Support for Arts venues in England

Support for Professional sport and grassroots football

Business Support

Lower VAT rate for hospitality will remain at 5% until September then there will be an interim rate of 12.%% for six months

Contactless Payments will be increased to £100

Incentives for Apprenticeships

Investment costs can be deducted from Tax bills

Tax breaks for business investment

Restart grants for shops and other businesses which had to close

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