Showing posts with label autumn statement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label autumn statement. Show all posts

Friday, December 5, 2014

Surprise changes on incorporation relief

Earlier this week, George Osborne announced during the Autumn Statement some major changes to the tax reliefs available when an unincorporated business transfers into a related company (e.g. a sole trader transferring their business into a Limited company that they also own).

It has been common practice in the past to start a new business as a sole trader business and then incorporate at a later date. The benefits were multiple. First, because a sole trader business can carry back losses, if one creates a business with high startup costs, tax relief can be carried back and offset against tax paid in previous years, including tax payed on employment earnings. For someone leaving the corporate world that's a nice incentive and this has not changed.

What has changed however is the relief available when changing the status from sole trader to limited company. Indeed once the losses have been offset against past earnings, using a limited company is much more tax efficient especially because it's possible to avoid national insurance to a large extent. In the past the incorporation process would have generated 2 significant reliefs. They are now gone.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Non-Residents to be subject to Capital Gains Tax

One of the announcements made today in the Autumn Statement is that capital gains tax will be extended to non-residents who own residential property. This extends the previous measure to bring non-resident companies within the scope of capital gains tax on 'high value' residential property, measure that was introduced alongside the infamous ATED (Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings). So now both high value and low value residential property gains will be taxed, regardless of whether the property is owned by a company or not. The change is to take effect in April 2015.

This move was expected but still, it could reduce confidence going forward. Non residents were strongly encouraged by the Government to take their properties out of companies so that a future sale of bricks and mortar (rather than shares) is subject to stamp duty. In exchange they would not be subject to the annual charge (ATED) nor to the capital gains tax. Having de-enveloped as they were asked to do, they will in fact be subject to capital gains tax after all.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Flash Update: Autumn Statement

On 29th November 2011, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced the Autumn Statement which provides an update on the Government's plans for the economy.

Here is a summary of the key changes impacting small businesses...

Businesses in need of finance
Government to back £20 billion of small business loans under the National Loan Guarantee Scheme. The Scheme will lower the cost of bank loans for smaller businesses with turnover of up to £50 million. Ministers hope the Scheme will be live by the start of 2012 and it is envisaged it will run for the next two years. The Scheme should deliver up to a one percentage point reduction in the cost of a business loan.